The Australian director is attached to direct Ecosse Films’ feature adaptation of Treasure Island, which is due to start shooting in spring 2011. 

Cornwell, whose credits include the 2009 horror The Haunting In Conneticut, has been lined up to direct the film, which will be a modern adaptation of Robert Louis Stephenson’s 19th century swash-buckling classic.

The adaptation promises to play up the relationship between narrator Jim Hawkins and the newly “hip” Long John Silver.

Casting is yet to be announced for the film, which will shoot in Australia in spring 2011 to take advantage of the country’s tax break.

Australian producer Chris Brown has been brought on board to produce alongside Robert Bernstein and Douglas Rae of UK-based production company Ecosse Films.