Paul Verhoeven Scores A “Surrogate”

Paul Verhoeven (“Total Recall,” “Basic Instinct”) is developing and directing the thriller “The Surrogate” for 20th Century Fox says The Hollywood Reporter.

Not to be confused with the upcoming similarly titled sci-fi thriller “Surrogates” starring Bruce Willis, this is more a parenting thriller along “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle” lines.

Based on the 2004 book by Kathryn Mackel, the story centers on a couple desperate to have a child who find themselves in an unbearable position when they find out the surrogate they hired to carry their baby is insane.

Ralph Winter, Deborah Giarratana, Robin Guthrie and Susana Zepeda are producing. Roderick Taylor and Bruce Taylor wrote the original draft.

Verhoeven is still developing “The Winter Queen” with Milla Jovovich attached to star.