AFM: AGC Studios Options David Gilman's Espionage Thriller 'The Englishman'

David Gilman
David Gilman

David Gilman

The first book in a planned series from the 'Master of War' author is a border-crossing contemporary espionage thriller that AGC hopes to turn into a film franchise. 

Stuart Ford's AGC Studios has optioned the film rights to The Englishman, the first in a planned book series from bestselling author David Gilman (Master of War).

The Englishman is a contemporary espionage thriller focused on Dan Raglan, a one-time member of the French Foreign Legion and professionally-trained killer, who, after taking on Islamic terrorists in sub-Saharan Africa, is recruited by Britain's MI6 for a clandestine operation that will take him around the globe, from to the world of organized crime in London to a Siberian penal colony. 

Gilman is perhaps best-known for his Master of War series of historical novels and his YA adventure series Danger Zone,  but the British author was also a lead writer on long-running ITV crime series A Touch of Frost

AGC has secured film rights for The Englishman with an eye to developing a franchise around the Raglan character. 

"We're thrilled to have acquired the right to make a film or maybe multiple films from David Gilman's compelling, enigmatic action hero Raglan and are looking forward to introducing some top tier writing and directing talent to the project in the near future," said Ford in a statement. 

The Englishman fits nicely into AGC's lineup, which includes upcoming The Blacksmith, an action thriller starring Nick Jonas and Laurence Fishburne, based on the graphic novel by Malik Evans and Richard Sparkman, which Taken director Pierre Morel is helming; the Sylvester Stalone high-concept actioner Little America; and Universe Most Wanted, a sci-fi action-comedy from San Andreas director Brad Peyton starring Dave Bautista, which AGC started pre-selling to international buyers at the American Film Market this week.  

Ford and Anant Tamirisa, VP of legal and business affairs, negotiated The Englishman deal on behalf of AGC with Conrad Williams of the Blake Friedmann Literary Agency on behalf of Gilman.