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After making his biggest splash this year with the genetic thriller Splice, director Vincenzo Natali suddenly has the option to do some films he’s wanted to do for some time. One of those is an adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel High Rise, which is now being scripted by Richard Stanley in conjunction with Natali. Read More »

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Splice Director Vincenzo Natali Digs Tunnels

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Harry Potter publisher Barry Cunningham proudly declared that he had found the next world-shaking smash when he signed up authorsĀ Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams and published their book The Highfield Mole, renaming itĀ Tunnels. It doesn’t seem that he was quite right – there’s three Tunnels books so far with a fourth to come soon and I only know of one person who’s read any of them at all – but the first in the Tunnels series, unsurprisingly just called Tunnels itself, was at least was a very well received book by the press.

Today, Relativity Media announced that they have signed Cube and Splice director Vincenzo Natali to direct their big screen adaptation of Tunnels.

The book’s protagonist is a 14 year old Albino boy Will who follows his father into a series of subterranean tunnels. What he finds down below may seem superficially reminiscent of The City of Ember, or perhaps more so Journey to the Centre of the Earth, but it struck me as also having a lot in common with The Village. To say more would be spoiler material, I think – and not for just one film.

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