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Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams’ YA Novel “Tunnels” Signs Director


Relativity Media announced today that their adaptation of Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams’ YA Novel “Tunnels” has found its director. The company has officially signed on Mikael Håfström, known for his work on The Tomb and 1408, to direct a film based on the New York Times‘ best-selling, internationally-acclaimed fantasy adventure book series.

The script for the adaptation is coming from Andrew Lobel and is based on the adapted screenplay originally written by Joel Bergvall & Simon Sandquist.

The series takes place beneath the streets of London, two teenage boys discover an incredible, hidden underground world where a secret civilization has been desperately waiting for a hero to save them all. The deeper they go, the closer they get to unearthing an evil that could destroy the world above and put an end to the lives they once lived.

“Tunnels” is the film adaptation of the first installment of the novel series from Scholastic/Chicken House publishing, by authors Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams, which has sold over one million copies and has been published in nearly forty countries worldwide. The authors have already almost completed the series with five sequels written and the sixth and final one to be released this fall.

The property was unearthed by Barry Cunningham, the man credited with discovering “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling and whose boutique Chicken House imprint is part of Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and the U.S. publisher of the “Harry Potter” and “The Hunger Games” series.

“Only a few times in my life have I felt that rush of imagination in a story that I know is going to sweep up an audience in its grip, ‘Tunnels’ made me believe in adventure, bravery and a new world,” said Cunningham.

Ellie Berger, President, Scholastic Trade, said,

“Barry Cunningham clearly has a keen eye for spotting authors whose epic stories appeal to readers of all ages around the globe. Scholastic is proud to be the American publisher of the bestselling ‘Tunnels’ series, and we look forward to seeing this underground and imaginative world expand through film.”

There is no word yet on a projected release date for the film or who the studio is looking at to cast in the adaption.

Yet Another Nicholas Sparks Adaptation In The Works

Josh Duhamel may join the cast of the latest Nicholas Sparks adaptation. Duhamel, most known for Transformers, is negotiating with Relativity Media to work out the details.

The film, Safe Haven, follows the success of Sparks’ The Lucky One, currently in theaters. It reached number two in the box office.

The novel, which was published in August of 2011, is another in a long line of romantic struggles, crisis of identity and self growth. The official plot is described as:

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo’s empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.

Duhamel is being considered for the role of the widower. The female lead role is still in consideration with no word on who is eyed for the role.

The film will be produced by Sparks and Relativity’s Ryan Kavanaugh, Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen. Tucker Tooley will executive produce. Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) will direct.

Sparks, best known in the film industry for the adaptations of his books A Walk to Remember and The Notebook, has made a routine of bringing his novels to the silver screen. Along side Safe Have, another one of Sparks novels, The Best of Me, is also being considered for the big screen, as Warner Bros. bought the rights to it on July 17.

Since 1999, seven of his books have been adapted. His movie adaptations include:

  • Message in a Bottle (February 12, 1999)
  • A Walk to Remember (January 25, 2002)
  • The Notebook (June 25, 2004)
  • Nights in Rodanthe (September 26, 2008)
  • Dear John (February 5, 2010)
  • The Last Song (March 31, 2010)
  • The Lucky One (April 20, 2012)
  • Safe Haven (Upcoming)
  • The Best of Me (Upcoming)

While Safe Haven, a romance typical of Sparks, will certainly not be for everyone, the author has a large and devoted fanbase. His last several films have received mixed reviews, but The Notebook and A Walk to Remember remain fan favorites.

The Lucky One is also fairing relatively well at the box office, so Sparks may be due for another box office hit.

New Poster Released for The Raven

A few weeks ago we brought news about the new John Cusack movie, The Raven. And now we have a new poster for the upcoming film! If you are a fan of Edgar Allen Poe, then you will want to see this project, because it definitely gives the life and stories of the famous writer new life. Continue reading

Behind The Scenes Pictures Released for Mirror Mirror

Courtesy of Relativity Media, via The Hollywood Reporter, new behind the scenes images from Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror have been released. Mirror Mirror is the live-action adaptation of Snow White, but should not be confused with the competing Snow White film featuring Kristen Stewart.  Continue reading