Spy thriller adaptation could become mini-series

William Baldwin has acquired screen rights to spy thriller “A Time to Betray” under his newly formed production banner Beyond Comprehension.

Baldwin, along with Comprehension producing partner Warren Kohler, will develop the project as a limited series or miniseries and plan to shop for a studio partner.

“Betray,” written by a former Iranian revolutionary guard member who goes by the pseudonym Reza Kahlili, centers around Kahlili’s time as an undercover CIA operative during the 80s and 90s. Book leads up to the 1979 Islamic revolution, which saw the overthrow of the Shah and the rise of Ayatollah Khomeini, and explores the spirit that led to that uprising.

Baldwin and Kohler are currently developing projects including “Boss Tweed,” a limited series based on Kenneth Ackerman’s book with Sony Pictures Television and Tom Fontana producing.

Duo previously worked together under Kohler’s What Exit Films banner. Kohler’s credits include “Cover” directed by Bill Duke and associate producer on Doug Ellin’s “Kissing a Fool.”

Brillstein Entertainment Partners reps Baldwin, who’s currently playing recurring roles on “Hawaii 5-0” and “Gossip Girl.”

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