Paul Greengrass Lines Up Berlin Wall Drama 'The Tunnels' to Direct
After directing Captain Phillips last year, filmmaker Paul Greengrass is ready to reach further into the past for another true story drama, this time overseas as opposed to at sea. Variety has word that FilmNation has attached Greengrass to direct The Tunnels, based on a book proposal by Greg Mitchell that the production banner just snagged the rights to. Saving Private Ryan producer Mark Gordon is also on board the film which chronicles a great escape story following a group of West Germans who are trying to get their families out of East Berlin before the infamous wall falls in 1989 and they get some unlikely help.
Believe it or not these people found their escape plan funded by American news networks, who at one time weren't at each other's throats due to bi-partisan politics. It's amazing this story hasn't been told before, as FilmNation's Aaron Ryder says, "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.” Of course, projects come and go for Greengrass, and it's early in development, so we'll see if it sticks.