Did You Know?
[press conference for Elle
(2016) at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival] It's the producer of the film, Saïd Ben Saïd
, who sent me the book by Philippe Djian
, and he asked me whether I would like to make a film based on the novel. I read the novel and I said "yes". It's very simple - it wasn't a complicated situation, the film slipped naturally into my life and I felt it was a minor miracle to find ...
He was planning to make a pirate movie called 'Mistress of the Sea' with Geena Davis
. However, with an estimated budget of 75 million dollar, the studio demanded a male protagonist to increase the chances of financial success. Verhoeven refused to consider Harrison Ford
for the part, and the project was abandoned. Ironically, Davis would later star in the ill-fated pirate movie Cutthroat Island
Strong visual style with heavy use of special effects