Paul Greengrass Cold War Thriller 'The Tunnels' Finds Writer

Tobias Lindholm

Tobias Lindholm will write the screenplay adaptation for the Filmnation/Mark Gordon Company drama about a dramatic escape beneath the Berlin Wall.

Paul Greengrass may be in the midst of his eagerly anticipated Bourne return with Matt Damon, but the wheels of his next adventure are already moving.

Danish screenwriter and director Tobias Lindholm (A Hijacking, The Hunt) is set to adapt author Greg Mitchell’s upcoming manuscript The Tunnels, which Greengrass had previously been tapped to helm.

Lindholm’s involvement was announced Tuesday by FilmNation Entertainment and The Mark Gordon Company, which are producing the historic drama.

The film will tell the untold true story of a great escape forged by a group of West Germans trying to get their loved ones out of East Berlin during the Cold War with the unlikely help of American news networks, who funded the expedition.

Mark Gordon initially brought the idea to Greengrass and then to FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder. Ben Browning and Glen Basner from FilmNation Entertainment and Christos Konstantakopoulos will serve as exec producers.

"We have been enormous fans of Tobias for quite some time and have been diligent about finding something for him," said Gordon and Ryder in a joint statement. "And after hearing his take on Greg’s upcoming manuscript, we couldn’t go with anyone else."

Lindholm’s latest feature, Afghanistan-set drama A War, which he wrote and directed, recently had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The Hunt, which he wrote and which stars Mads Mikkelson, was the Danish nominee for the 2014 Academy Awards.

He is repped by WME.