LONDON — AMC Global, the international channels arm of AMC Networks, has taken the international broadcast rights to the television adaptation of John le Carre’s novel “The Night Manager,” which stars Hugh Laurie (“House”) and Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “War Horse”).
The six-part drama is in production with Susanne Bier, who won an Academy Award for “In a Better World,” directing from a script by David Farr. It is a co-production between AMC, the BBC and The Ink Factory.
The series is a contemporary interpretation of Le Carre’s espionage drama, and the first television adaptation of a Le Carre novel in more than 20 years. “The Night Manager,” which was published in 1993, was translated into more than 20 languages and sold over a million copies in North America alone.
The series follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine (Hiddleston) as he navigates the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington, D.C., where an unholy alliance operates between the intelligence community and the secret international arms trade. To infiltrate the inner circle of arms dealer Richard Onslow Roper (Laurie), Pine must himself become a criminal.
Hugh Laurie said: “I loved ‘The Night Manager’ when it was published, and for more than 20 years have yearned to see it realized on screen; I am now thrilled and honored to have the frontest of front row seats. All the moving parts are finely machined — we just have to not mess it up.”
Bruce Tuchman, president, AMC and Sundance Channel Global, said the show “represents AMC Global’s continuing commitment to working with the international production community to bring the very best television to our channels across the world.”
Executive producers are Stephen Cornwell and Simon Cornwell for The Ink Factory, Stephen Garrett, Farr and the BBC’s Polly Hill. Rob Bullock will produce for The Ink Factory.