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Le Carre's "Spy" To Be Adapted For Television

20 July 2016 12:10 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Paramount Television and The Ink Factory are set to adapt John le Carre's iconic 1963 spy novel "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" into a limited TV series.

Simon Beaufoy ("Slumdog Millionaire") is attached to pen the script set just after the construction of the Berlin Wall. The head of British Intelligence's Berlin Station is offered a unique opportunity for revenge - he sets up to trap deputy director of the East German Intelligence Service - with himself as the bait.

Le Carre, Stephen Cornwell, Simon Cornwell and Stephen Garrett will executive produce. The announcement comes on the heels of the success of the Le Carre adaptation "The Night Manager" for AMC and The BBC.

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John le Carré's The Spy Who Came In From the Cold Eyes TV Adaptation

20 July 2016 9:55 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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.

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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 »

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John le Carré’s ‘The Spy Who Came in From the Cold’ to Be Adapted for TV By Paramount TV, The Ink Factory

20 July 2016 9:54 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Octogenarian novelist John le Carré is enjoying quite a surge in popularity these days: Paramount Television and The Ink Factory have just put le Carré’s novel “The Spy Who Came in From the Cold” into development for TV. Character 7 will also assist with the financing and production.

Le Carré’s seminal 1963 novel was already adapted for the screen, an Oscar-nominated 1965 film Paul Dehn wrote for Paramount, and he’ll serve as an executive producer on the TV project. The Ink Factory’s Stephen and Simon Cornwell will executive produce as well, along with Character 7’s Stephen Garrett.

Simon Beaufoy, who penned Oscar-winner “Slumdog Millionaire,” will write. “Adapting one of the best thrillers ever written is a rare privilege,” he said.

The story centers on British intelligence operative Alec Leamas, the titular spy who adopts the guise of a turncoat to wreak vengeance on the East German Intelligence Service deputy director responsible for the death of one »

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'The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' heads to TV

20 July 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

On the back of Emmy-nominated BBC and AMC series The Night Manager, The Ink Factory announced on Wednesday it would partner with Paramount TV on the latest John le Carré spy thriller.

The Ink Factory will finance and produce the limited television series in association with Paramount Television and Character 7. Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution will handle worldwide distribution outside the UK.

The Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell and Simon Cornwell – le Carré’s sons – will serve as executive producers alongside Character 7’s Stephen Garrett and the author himself.

Simon Beaufoy will write the adaptation set within the shadow of the Berlin Wall as a British spy embarks on a revenge mission.

Paramount released a 1965 feature adaptation of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold starring Richard Burton in 1965. Carré and Paul Dehn adapted that version.

“On the heels of The Night Manager, we look forward to developing a further le Carré novel for a global »

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Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk Trailer from Director Ang Lee

12 May 2016 11:24 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last month, exhibitors and fans were given the first glimpse at Sony Pictures' upcoming drama Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk at the CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas, ahead of its November 11 release date. For those who weren't in attendance at the convention, the studio has released the first trailer for all to see, showcasing one soldier's harrowing journey, both at home and fighting abroad. The trailer gives us our first look at Joe Alwyn, who makes his feature film debut in this adaptation.

Director Ang Lee brings his extraordinary vision to Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel. The film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (newcomer Joe Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the »

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‘The Night Manager’ Picked Up By China’s Youku Tudou, Gallic Broadcaster FranceTV

20 April 2016 1:59 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — The TV adaptation of John le Carré’s “The Night Manager,” which premiered in the U.S. Tuesday on AMC, has been picked up by streaming platform Youku Tudou in China and the French broadcaster FranceTV. The deals were negotiated by Img on behalf of production company The Ink Factory, which is run by le Carré’s sons Stephen and Simon Cornwell.

The miniseries, which stars Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston, recently completed its six-week run in the U.K. on a ratings high, consistently winning its time slot with an average of 6.3 million overnight viewers. It has already been sold to Tele München Gruppe for German-speaking Europe, C More and TV4 for the Nordic territories, Dr for Denmark, Sky Italia for Italy, BBC First and Sbs for Australia, TV3 for New Zealand, and AMC International for Iberia, Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia (excluding Japan), Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East. »

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‘The Night Manager’: John le Carré’s Sons Bring Father’s Work Back to Television

13 April 2016 2:14 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Six-part spy thriller “The Night Manager,” which stars Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, has been a ratings and critical success on the U.K.’s BBC, and on April 19 it premieres Stateside on AMC. The show, which is based on John le Carré’s novel, is produced by The Ink Factory, run by the author’s sons Stephen and Simon Cornwell. Variety spoke to them.

The Ink Factory was founded in 2010, and has offices in Santa Monica, California, where Stephen Cornwell is based, and London, where you’ll find Simon Cornwell. The company’s first production was Anton Corbijn’s 2014 movie “A Most Wanted Man,” a Le Carré adaptation starring Philip Seymour Hoffman. Forthcoming films include another project based on a Le Carré book, “Our Kind of Traitor,” starring Damian Lewis and Ewan McGregor, and “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” directed by Ang Lee and based on the novel by Ben Fountain. »

- Leo Barraclough

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‘Night Manager’ Gets Seal Of Approval From John Le Carré – The Contenders

10 April 2016 3:07 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

AMC's new series The Night Manager, based on the John le Carré spy thriller, has won praise from the celebrated author himself. That is, according to his son, Simon Cornwell. Cornwell, executive producer with Stephen Garrett, joined Garrett and series stars Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie on today's Contenders panel. "My father is thrilled with the results," said Cornwell. "It's a bold adaptation, it's updated, one male character is now a woman—Angela Burr (portrayed by… »

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Exclusive First Look: AMC's 'The Night Manager' Poster Reveals That Nothing Is Random

10 March 2016 9:00 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The upcoming AMC miniseries "The Night Manager" stars Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, two of Britain's most charming men, as they go head-to-head in the sort of knotty espionage tale that could only be based on a John LeCarre novel. Directed by Susanne Bier, the contemporary spy drama is much anticipated, making any peek at it is most welcome.  So today, Indiewire is very happy to offer up an exclusive first look at the key art for "The Night Manager." But more importantly, we got to speak with executive producer Simon Cornwell via phone about crafting the image: "We went through a few concepts, but this was the one that we liked," he said. "This brings together the key themes to the piece in quite a striking way." Read More: Watch: Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie Go Head-to-Head in Intense First Trailer for AMC's 'The Night Manager' About the miniseries, »

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Amazon Takes John Le Carré’s ‘The Night Manager’ in Germany, Austria

18 February 2016 6:17 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Tele Muenchen Group has sold exclusive subscription VOD rights for the John Le Carré spy series “The Night Manager,” starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, to Amazon Prime for Germany and Austria. The series makes its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival on Thursday as part of the European Film Market’s Berlinale Special Series.

Academy Award-winning Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier directed the miniseries, which airs on BBC One in the U.K. and on AMC Stateside. “The Night Manager” centers on a hotel night manager and former British soldier (Hiddleston) who is recruited by a government agent to infiltrate the inner circle of a ruthless arms dealer (Laurie).

The series will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime in Germany and Austria on March 28 and will be available to subscribers in both English and German. “The Night Manager” will also be available as electronic sell-though on the same day on all digital platforms. »

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The Ink Factory: the story behind 'The Night Manager'

16 February 2016 1:32 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Ahead of its Berlinale debut, Screen talked to the producers behind the buzzed-about John le Carré adaptation, which cost $5m per episode.

With a budget and creative team that most film producers can only dream of, it’s easy to see why Susanne Bier’s The Night Manager is among the most anticipated projects to screen at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. 

It’s a sign of the times, however, that the project isn’t a feature screening in main competition but in fact a six-part TV series whose first two episodes are showing in the glittering TV strand Berlinale Special Series.

The BBC-amc co-commission combines acclaimed source material from iconic spy novelist John le Carré, Oscar-winning director Bier, a cast including Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman and Tom Hollander, and in-demand screenwriter David Farr.

At $30m, The Night Manager has a budget bigger than any film playing at this year’s »

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Ink Factory hires five

15 February 2016 3:29 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Production outfit appoints Becky Sloviter as senior vice president for development and production.

London and La-based production outfit The Ink Factory has appointed five new executives across its development, production and commercial teams.

Becky Sloviter has joined as senior vice president for development and production. Operating out of the company’s Los Angeles office, Sloviter will help create programming for film and scripted series. She was most recently a senior executive at Cross Creek Pictures, where she worked on titles including Black Mass, Rush and Black Swan. Prior to then, Sloviter held positions at MGM and Universal Pictures.

The Ink Factory has also hired Mona Qureshi and Emma Broughton, who will be co-heads of development and production in London. Qureshi previously worked for the Jj Charitable Trust Screenwriting Bursary and before that was head of development at Ruby Films. Broughton was books executive and head of development for the BBC’s drama production department.

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BBC's new £20m spy thriller 'the most radical ever' Le Carré adaptation

12 February 2016 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The Night Manager, starring Olivia Colman, Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie, is a co-production with company behind Breaking Bad and Mad Men

A new BBC adaptation of a John Le Carré spy thriller – the first by the corporation for nearly 30 years – will be the “most radical ever done”, according to the author’s son.

“British television has stepped back up to the plate” with this project, said Simon Cornwell, noting that his father, now 84, “always loved the original treatments of his work”, in which Alec Guinness played taciturn spy George Smiley for the BBC.

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Kudos Founder Stephen Garrett Launches Character Seven, Boards Fickle Fish’s ‘The Rook’

5 February 2016 11:14 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — Stephen Garrett, founder of “Mi-5” and “Life on Mars” producer Kudos, has launched production company Character Seven, which is developing “The Rook,” a London-set supernatural series for Hulu, with “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer’s company Fickle Fish and Lionsgate.

Garrett, who co-founded Kudos in 1992 and was later joint managing director with Jane Featherstone, oversaw a run of TV series hits including “Mi-5” (known as “Spooks” in the U.K.), “Hustle” and “Life on Mars.” As a film producer and executive producer, Garrett’s credits include “Eastern Promises,” “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” and “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.”

Since leaving the Endemol Shine Group-owned company in 2014, Garrett has been working on projects that bring together international talents. His first credit under Character Seven, in partnership with the Ink Factory, is the John le Carré adaptation “The Night Manager,” starring Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie and Elizabeth Debicki. The six-part »

- Leo Barraclough

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Why ‘The Night Manager’ Needed an Update From John le Carre’s Classic Spy Tale

8 January 2016 5:08 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

John le Carre‘s “The Night Manager” is more than 20 years old, so it took some work to update the spy novel to a modern setting for AMC’s 6-episode miniseries. “The Night Manager” stars Tom Hiddleston as a former British soldier named Jonathan Pine, who is recruited by an intelligence operative, played by Olivia Coleman, to infiltrate the inner circle of lethal arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper, played by Hugh Laurie. “The world has changed radically, the players have changed, the technology,” said executive producer Simon Cornwell. “One of the sad things is that moral questions, ambiguities is very much there. »

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First Look at 'Fear the Walking Dead' Season 2, Premiere Date Announced

8 January 2016 4:47 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

AMC announced today from the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour the network's 2016 spring premiere dates for new and returning original series. For the first time ever, AMC will launch a fourth night of original programming on Tuesdays beginning this April with the debut of the highly anticipated miniseries event The Night Manager. Last year, AMC became home to the top four cable series launches of all time among adults 18-49 in live+3 ratings, with Fear the Walking Dead at #1, Better Call Saul at #2, Into the Badlands at #3 and The Walking Dead at #4. AMC also released today three first-look photos, one each from the sets of Fear the Walking Dead, The Night Manager and Turn: Washington's Spies.

Fear the Walking Dead will air its second season of 15 episodes in two parts, beginning with the first of seven episodes on Sunday, April 10th at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt. The remaining »

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