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 of Leamas’ agents.
The Ink Factory was also behind turning le Carré’s “The Night Manager” into a six-part limited series for the BBC and AMC. Last week, “The Night Manager” earned itself an even dozen Emmy nominations, including best limited series and acting nods for Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, and Olivia Coleman.