Steve McQueen has grown increasingly popular with both movie critics and audiences with the release of his last two films, 12 Years A Slave and Widows. Both were extremely well received making back their budget and then some. But Variety just announced that McQueen will be working on a new film, a non-fiction World War Two documentary.
IndieWire reveals that the documentary named The Occupied City, is based upon the illustrated history book “Atlas of an Occupied City. Amsterdam 1940-1945,” which funny enough, was written by his wife Bianca Stigter. The book uncovers traces of the second World War that took place in Amsterdam and leads the reader through the Netherlands capital while it was under occupation.
The Netherlands Film Fund is aiding in the production of the film by providing roughly $920,000 and described the film as “Living in Amsterdam is like living with spirits. It looks like there are two parallel worlds. The past is always present.”
Although the project is still in very early development, McQueen’s previous films were able to discuss difficult real life topics and were able to tackle them head on. Through this he proved his extraordinary talent in being able to tell a compelling story with fully realized characters, creating a very powerful experience for all audiences.