• Dutch director Paul Verhoeven (you know him as the wizard behind Starship Troopers and Showgirls) is about to start production on Black Book, a World War II to be shot entirely in The Hague. Variety is claiming that this is Verhoeven's "first purely European pic" (referring, I guess, to funding and location), but I feel like that can't be right. I mean, I've seen Spetters.
  • The Island might not be so much of a disaster after all: it's topped the international box office race for three straight weeks and has almost tripled its US take overseas, proving that what domestic audiences shun as a starless retread, still reads to most foriegn audiences as first-rate Hollywood product.
  • Producer Scott Rudin has shelled out his own money to acquire Indecision, the Benjamin Kunkel novel that comes out this week to two rave reviews in the New York Times. This is probably old news, but the article also mentions that Robert Zemeckis is directing Rudin's production of Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, which strikes me as very strange. Is he going to turn it into a special effects extravaganza?
  • Variety's opened up their special Fall Film Festival section, with reports from/related to Deauxville, Toronto, Montreal, Telluride and other fests.