British director Peter Greenaway is to helm a new film about the life of Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn.

The Hollywood Reporter says that 'Nightwatching' will focus on the creation of Rembrandt's painting 'The Nightwatch' and the impact it had on his private life.

The plan is for the film to be released next year to mark the 400th anniversary of Rembrandt's birth.

Greenaway's other films include 'The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover' and 'Prospero's Books'.