Following the success of AMC’s The Night Manager, Paramount is developing another John le Carré classic in association with Ink Factory, our sister site Deadline reports.
The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, the 1963 Cold War novel which was subsequently adapted into a 1965 film starring Richard Burton, is eyeing a limited series remake. Academy Award-winning writer Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) is attached to pen the small-screen retelling, while le Carré will serve as an executive producer. A U.S. television network has not yet acquired the program.
A New York Times bestseller, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold follows the rise of the Berlin Wall as senior British intelligence officer Alec Leamas witnesses the brutal murder of one his agents. From there, Leamas agrees to go undercover to avenge his colleague’s death by punishing the East German sentries responsible.
“The Spy Who Came In From the Cold is one of the greatest espionage stories ever told,” Ink Factory co-CEO Simon Cornwell said in a statement. “Simon Beaufoy is one of the most brilliant screenwriters of our generation. We are thrilled to be embarking on this extraordinary creative journey.”
Will you tune in for this (eventual) TV adaptation of the John le Carré thriller?