Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
Subscribe: Get 6 Issues For £15
Get Empire magazine today and save money!
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Fox Announces Deadpool Movie For 2016
Tim Miller still attached to direct
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
05 March 2013
Tim Miller Kneels Before Artemis
VFX man directs sci-fi thriller
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
1408 (2007)
Empire Star Rating
Derailed
Empire Star Rating
Evil
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Mikael Hafstrom Digs Tunnels
He'll make the YA adaptation

28 February 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

The Young Adult fiction category is proving to be something of a mixed bag for studios. While Twilight and The Hunger Games have been huge hits, there are still those, such as the recent Beautiful Creatures, which just don’t seem to strike a chord. That doesn’t seem to be stopping anyone, with news that The Rite director Mikael Hafstrom will direct an adaptation of Tunnels.

Written by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams, Tunnels is set beneath the streets of London where two teenage boys discover a previously hidden world and a civilization dwelling there that is in need of a saviour.

Why a saviour, you ask? Because there’s naturally a seething, hideous evil force lurking there, just waiting for the chance to destroy both the world below and our own. If you ask us, it sounds a little bit like any of the recent magical YA books crossed with Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere.

Joel Bergvall and Simon Sandquist took the first pass at the script for Relativity Media, but now the company has drafted in Andrew Lobel to work on it. The book series already runs to six entries, with a seventh and final tome, Terminal, due to be published this autumn, so there's a franchise waiting here if the first film makes money. Of course, that’s a big if..

Hafstrom's latest, Arnie/Sly match-up The Tomb, arrives on September 27.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Milo Poster Online
Ken Marino has demonic tummy trouble
David Goyer Enters The Breach
Update: He's now set to direct as well as produce

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: Cinema Will Cross The Uncanny Valley
The future of VFX, from believable digital humans to underwater mocap

The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece

The Future Of Film: Your Favourite Movie WIll Be Crowdfunded
Click here to donate

The Empire Podcast #128: Interviews With Sir Roger Moore And George MacKay
Plus we say goodbye to Richard Kiel and the British Expendables are assembled...

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Classic Feature: Gods Among Us - Paul Newman
A cat so cool he makes Steve McQueen look geeky.

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)