Oscar-winning director Paul Greengrass will direct the big screen escape thriller The Tunnels. An adaptation of a book proposal by Greg Mitchell, the movie takes place in Cold War Germany, telling the riveting true story of an escape via tunnels dug under the Berlin Wall. Greengrass is known for action-adventure films such as The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum and, more recently, Captain Phillips.
In a statement posted on Mitchell’s blog Pressing Issues, the author confirmed the news, writing, “My proposal for my next book The Tunnels was purchased by great upstart company FilmNation for major film directed by one of my film heroes, Paul Greengrass. Quite flattered by interest over past 10 days from several leading studios and A-list directors, but very happy to be with Greengrass. Amazing story of young folks in the West who, at unfathomable risk, dug tunnels under the Berlin Wall in 1962 to bring out family and lovers and others—and now a wonderful chance to tell it on the page and on the screen.”
Mitchell praised the previous work of the filmmaker, specifically mentioning Greengrass’s 2002 film Bloody Sunday. He was also enthusiastic about the involvement of producer Mark Gordon (Saving Private Ryan).
The film will reportedly star Sawyer Hartman (Camp Takota), Kenyon Glover (I’m in Love with a Church Girl) and Bryan McClure, recently seen in the feature film comedy spoof The Starving Games.