Joe Eszterhas Is Back

Basic Instinct writer finds a virgin

Joe Eszterhas is back and he's found God. Or at least, he's found someone who's found God, in this case the virgin of Guadalupe, a mystical vision who appeared to a peasant in sixteenth century Mexico. The legend is widely credited with speeding the spread of Catholicism across Latin America.

Eszterhas, who gave us a decade of sexually-charged power thrillers, from Jagged Edge to Basic Instinct and Sliver, is working on the so-far untitled script for Mpower Pictures, the inprint set up by The Passion Of The Christ producer Stephen McEveety.

It's been a long journey from Showgirls to God's girl. Eszterhas has been out of Hollywood's for ten years, falling from grace after Jade and 1997's none-more-meta and none-more-awful Burn Hollywood Burn. He's since become a Catholic and, judging by this project, his days of horny strippers and over-sexed novelists are sadly at an end.