Halle Berry looking at a potential Surrogate

The Surrogate is turning into something of a reunion party for producer Ralph Winter.

Last week, I mentioned that the pregnancy thriller — currently being developed by director Paul Verhoeven, and not to be confused with the upcoming Bruce Willis sci-fi flick Surrogates — is based on a book by Kathryn Mackel, a Christian novelist and screenwriter who worked with Winter on the film versions of Left Behind (2000) and Hangman’s Curse (2003).

This week, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter revealed that Halle Berry, who co-starred in the X-Men trilogy (2000-2006) produced by Winter, is “in talks” to play the wife who is so desperate for a child that she turns to a surrogate mother, only to discover afterwards that the woman carrying her baby is insane.

Berry hasn’t been seen on the big screen since Things We Lost in the Fire (2007) came out nearly two years ago, so websites like Hitfix have already begun to suggest that The Surrogate could be her “comeback” movie; it is already being perceived as a “comeback” movie for Verhoeven, who hasn’t directed a Hollywood feature since the poorly-received Hollow Man (2000).

But Berry has already shot another movie, according to the IMDb, called Frankie and Alice, in which she will play “a young woman with multiple personality disorder who struggles to remain her true self and not give in to her racist alter-personality.” That film is currently in post-production and doesn’t seem to have a release date yet.

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  • So a film after two years is come back? That's ridiculous. If she were off the screen for five years maybe – 10 definitely. But two years? Bloody hell.

  • It's not the gap between films, per se, so much as it is the gap between successful films, I think. Berry arguably hit her peak in 2002, with her Oscar for Monster's Ball and her Bond-girl appearance in Die Another Day; since then, she's been in nothing but X-Men sequels and commercial and/or critical flops, such as Gothika, Catwoman, Perfect Stranger and Things We Lost in the Fire.