There is a large-scale Dutch war film about the Battle of the Scheldt in the making. That made Levitate Film, the production company of Alain de Levita, Wednesday known.
In a response to NU.nl let The Levita know that it is one of the most expensive Dutch films ever. “The budget is probably somewhere between that of Brimstone, and black book. I would now estimate at a sum of around 15 million euros.”
The director of the new film is in the hands of Matthijs Van Heijningen Jr., in 2011 regiedebuuut made with the American prequel horror film The Thing. The Battle of the Scheldt should have been the first Dutch-language film.
The screenplay is written by Paula van der Oest. She took it in 2016 along with The Levita the boekverfilming Tonio. Previously, she received an Oscar nomination for the family drama Zus & Zo (2001).
The war film should go play in the autumn of 1944 and is about a Dutch boy who for the Germans to fight, an English pilot and a Zeeland verzetsmeisje. Their paths cross in the fight around the Scheldemonding. The recordings will next fall start, exactly 75 years after the historic battle, which is in the north of Belgium and the south of the Netherlands took place.
‘Working on major international name’
Who are the leading in are going to take is not yet known. The Levita lets you know that there are currently working for a big international name to commit to the role of the British pilot.
The project of Levitate Film is not the only film that by 2020 there will appear on the famous battle. In a cooperation of oa Film by the Sea and Omroep Zeeland, on 23 march the film Battle of the Scheldt kicked off. Five filmmakers are given the chance to make a short film about the complex military operation.
The Levita had last year’s success with the war drama the Banker of the Resistance. The film attracted over 400,000 visitors to the cinema, and was nominated for a record eleven Golden Calves. Were finally five silver-plated, including best film.