A Dutch producer, Hans Pos, of the Shooting Star Film Co. has announced plans for a movie and looks to capitalize and exploit the 2005 case of missing Alabama teen Natalee Holloway in Aruba. Why do we say exploit? Pos has announced that the film will be “loosely based” on the events that took place in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway.
AMSTERDAM — Dutch producer Hans Pos of the Shooting Star Film Co. has announced plans for a feature film loosely based on the 2005 disappearance and possible murder of American student Natalee Holloway on Aruba, one of the islands in the Dutch Antilles.
Pos will base the film, which he also will direct, on the crime novel “Vuurkoraal,” by Dutch journalist Annet de Jong. Screenwriter Simon de Waal is working on the adaptation. Pos plans to release the film in 2009.
However, there do seem to be two positive aspects to a “loosely” based movie being made. One, the press release referenced the following, the 2005 disappearance and possible murder of American student Natalee Holloway on Aruba. Two, it will once again bring the story back into the public eye in the Netherlands and continue to haunt and follow Joran Van der Sloot.
The ‘Holloway-adaptation’ will most probably not be shot on Aruba but on Curaçao, says the production office in Amsterdam. Producer Pos had already filmed the movie Baby Blue there together with the murdered Dutch film-maker Theo van Gogh. Whether he will use the same local Curaçaoan team, is not clear as yet.
Ever since crime reporter Peter R. de Vries filmed the suspect Joran van der Sloot with a hidden camera, the Holloway-case has received a lot of attention from the Dutch public.