Paul Greengrass to Direct Berlin Wall Drama THE TUNNELS

     October 24, 2014

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Paul Greengrass has a lot going on right now, making his schedule nearly impossible to track, and now this is only going to make it more difficult; it’s being reported that Greengrass is attached to direct a film called The Tunnels.

FilmNation Entertainment just snagged the rights to Greg Mitchell’s book proposal for a Berlin Wall drama, which would recount the untold true story of a group of West Germans who attempt to get their loved ones out of East Berlin with the help of American news networks who fund the mission.  Hit the jump for more on The Tunnels.

captain-phillips-paul-greengrassAs reported by Variety, Mark Gordon (Source Code, The Messenger) is producing this one.  FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder and Alison Cohen are responsible for brokering the deal.  Here’s what Ryder had to say about the project:

“Finding an untold true story of this caliber is such a rarity.  Greg’s proposal will make for a very human and cinematic experience.  We have no doubt that Mark’s producing and Paul’s directing will make audiences around the world as excited about this film as we are.”

Gordon also added:

“Paul and I have been looking for a project to work on together for some time.  Separately, we have both been fascinated by stories around the Berlin Wall.  While the wall fell in 1989, its consequences are still being felt today.  We are thrilled to be working with FilmNation to bring this emotional story to the screen.”

And I look forward to seeing it, but the piece makes no mention of when that will happen.  Last we reported on Greengrass, there was still a possibility that he’d reunite with Matt Damon for a new Bourne movie and he was also negotiating with Fox to direct a film about Richard Jewell, the man who was dubbed a hero after discovering a backpack filled with pipe bombs at the 1996 Summer Olympics and then named a possible terrorist suspect.

If neither of those arrangements ever came to fruition, perhaps FilmNation beat them to it and The Tunnels really will be next.  Then again, we’re talking about a book proposal right now.  If the book isn’t even finished, it could be a while until there’s a script.

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