Beattie Helms “Tomorrow” War Series

Aussie scribe Stuart Beattie (“30 Days of Night,” “GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra,” “Australia”) will make his directorial debut on an adaptation of the young-adult novel “Tomorrow, When the War Began” for Paramount Vantage says The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on the first novel in John Marsden’s popular seven-book series penned throughout the late 90’s, the story details the insurgency efforts of a band of teenagers fighting off an enemy invasion and occupation of their homeland.

The filmmakers plan to make a trilogy of features from the first three books and then, if they’re successful, spin the next four off into a TV series.

The project is currently casting and filming will get underway in September in Australia.