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.