Tomorrow when the film began


John Marsden’s classic novel Tomorrow When The War Began is to be turned into a film by Aussie Stuart Beattie.

Beattie wrote Collateral and the upcoming GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra, and is set to make his directorial debut with Tomorrow. It will be based on his own script.

The novel focuses on a group of teens who attempt to fend off an enemy invasion of their homeland. It will be funded by Screen Australia.

The film is expected to go into production this September, with an all-Australian cast and crew. If the film is successful, the next two books in Marsden’s series will be greenlit for a screen adaptation. The plan is to make books 4-7 into a television series following the release of the original trilogy.

Oddly enough, the 1994 novel is finally heading to cinemas thanks to the success of the Twilight series of books, which features similar teen-oriented sex themes and violence.

Discuss: I haven’t read this book in over a decade. Do those sexy scenes still hold up, or was it just sexy because I was twelve-years-old and didn’t know better?

4 Responses to “Tomorrow when the film began”

  1. Ive been dreading this day. It was only a matter of time I suppose. This will be massacared by a low budget, lesser production values and unknown actors. Sigh. I await being proven otherwise.

  2. No Way! I've read this series 3 times, and i would say is still my favourites series to date. Now…..I always thought this would make an awesome series of films, if done correctly this could be one of the best films to come out of oz since mad max. Its all gonna come down to funding and if they don't get a decent budget this is really gonna blow.Please Please Please stuart beattie,DONT F**K THIS WONDERFUL SERIES UP!!!!!!

  3. I remember, when reading this, thinking that it would be awesome if it were made into a movie and that I would turn it into a movie one day when I was rich and famous. I guess I missed out.And Simon, remembering it now, the 'sexy' bit (I seem to only recall one bit) wasn't that sexy, but when I was 7 or 8 or however old I was when I was reading it, it probably was.

  4. haha, don't sweat damienrobert. I'm sure when you finally do become rich and famous, you can bring some other Aussie teen saga to the big screen.That's a shame about the sexiness though. My girlfriend is currently teaching TWTWB to Year 8's, and she said the sexy bits were pretty tame by current standards.Sigh. At least 12 year olds will always have Lochie Leonard to read when they are after some pre-pubescent erotica.

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