Jeffrey Archer novels to be made for film, TV


TORONTO -- Millionaire British novelist Jeffrey Archer is to see a slate of his best-selling novels turned into movie and TV projects by a Toronto private equity player.
 
Jeffrey Steiner, the former Toronto bureaucrat behind Pinewood Toronto Studios, has acquired the worldwide film, TV and digital rights to the thriller novels by Archer, with an eye to striking international co-productions to bring them to the screen.
 
Steiner, a one-time head of the Toronto Economic Development Corp., which stick-handled the development of a major Toronto film studio on the city's waterfront, last year launched New Franchise Media.
 
And he was on hand at the Toronto International Film Festival to unveil a deal to option and turn up to ten of Archer's best-selling novels into movie or TV projects.
 
"We look forward to developing these exceptional literary properties across film and television to excite Jeffrey Archer's enormous worldwide fan base and new audiences alike resulting in productions with that must-see factor," Steiner, president and CEO of New Franchise Media explained.
 
Archer, a one-time British politician who turned to penning page-turning novels, was sent to jail for four years in 2001 after being found guilty of perjury and perverting the course of justice during a high-profile trial.
 
After emerging from prison, Archer resumed press tours for his novel releases, and during two appearances in Toronto struck up a relationship with Steiner.
 
Literary works to be exploited for the big and small screen include "A Matter of Honor," "Honor Among Thieves" and "The Eleventh Commandment."
 
"I'm enthusiastic to see my novels move toward development as film and digital productions. Like any author, I am keen to see my books made into films, giving me the opportunity to reach an even wider audience," Archer said in a statement.
 
Most of the properties are in development including an action/crime-caper story at the script stage entitled "False Impression," a likely international co-production.
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