Paramount TV Developing John le Carré's 'The Spy Who Came in From the Cold'

The Ink Factory also will produce the limited series, with Simon Beaufoy attached to pen the script.
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John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold is getting the TV treatment.

Paramount Television and The Ink Factory on Wednesday announced that they’re adapting the spy novel as a limited series. The project, which will be financed by Ink Factory in association with Paramount and Character 7, has not yet been shopped to buyers.

Two-time Oscar nominee Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) is attached to write the adaptation, noting in a statement: “Adapting one of the best thrillers ever written is a rare privilege.”

Ink Factory’s Stephen Cornwell and Simon Cornwell as well as Character 7’s Stephen Garrett will executive produce. The latest collaboration comes on the heels of AMC and the BBC’s The Night Manager, which earned accolades and Emmy attention. Le Carré, who served as a writer alongside Paul Dehn on Paramount's 1965 Richard Burton starrer of the same name, also will serve as an exec producer on the effort.

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold is one of the greatest espionage stories ever told. Simon Beaufoy is one of the most brilliant screenwriters of our generation," said Simon Cornwell. " We are thrilled to be embarking on this extraordinary creative journey in collaboration with them, as well as with Paramount Television and Character 7."

Added Paramount TV president Amy Powell: "The level of expertise, creativity and precision behind this series is unmatched and we are excited to be partners in this captivating take on the brilliant world le Carré has created.”

The Ink Factory is repped by WME and Bloom Hergott; Beaufoy is repped by Knight Hall Agency and Thompson Street Entertainment; Garrett is repped by WME; and le Carré is repped by Curtis Brown.

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