According to Variety, dutch helmer Paul Verhoeven has confirmed that his next movie will be the World War II thriller Black Book, which starts shooting mid-August.

German fund VIP Mediafonds came aboard earlier this week to complete the re-financing for the $20 million Dutch/German/British co-production. The pic was two weeks away from filming last year, but had to be postponed when Verhoeven fell ill.

Verhoeven denied a conflicting report that he will begin shooting The Winter Queen for Seven Arts in September. He said that he is still committed to make that film, possibly as his next film after Black Book, but that the timing depends on casting.

Black Book, scripted by Verhoeven and his longtime collaborator Gerard Soeteman, is the story of a young Jewish woman who joins the Resistance and narrowly survives the war in Holland, but is falsely denounced as a traitor. Entangled in a web of someone else's deceit, she sets out to discover who betrayed her.

The Dutch, German and English characters in the story will each speak in their native languages.

Verhoeven commented, "After making Dutch movies and American movies, this is the first time I am making what could be called a European movie."

The cast includes Carice van Houten, Halina Reijn and Thom Hoffman from the Netherlands, and Sebastian Koch, Christian Berkel and Waldemar Kobus from Germany. The English cast will be confirmed shortly.

Shooting will take place in the Netherlands and at Studio Babelsberg. San Fu Malta of Fu Works/A-Film is the lead producer, alongside Jens Meurer for Berlin-based Egoli Tossell and Teun Hilte for London-based Clockwork Pictures.