Fremantle Adapting Robert Harris' WWII Spy Thriller 'Munich'


Set in the days leading up to the war, the story features real-life characters, including Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini.

Best-selling author Robert Harris is having another of his novels adapted for the screen. 

FremantleMedia has signed a deal with the British writer to give his his latest book Munich — which was released in September — the high-end TV drama treatment. The international co-production between Fremantle's Euston Films and UFA Fiction will be shot in the U.K. and Germany.

A spy-thriller set in the days leading up to WWII as the British government tried to negotiate peace with Germany, Munich features real-life characters — including Adolf Hitler, Neville Chamberlain, Benito Mussolini and Edouard Daladier — and spins a story of treason and conscience, loyalty and betrayal, as the paths of two old friends cross again as the future of Europe hangs in the balance. 

"From my point of view, this is the perfect combination — an Anglo-German co-production of a story set in England and Germany, telling the story of an Englishman and a German struggling against the Nazis," said Harris. "From the moment I heard that Euston Films and UFA wanted to make it together, I knew my novel could not be in better hands."

Harris has seen many of his novels adapted for TV or film. Fatherland and Enigma were both turned into feature films, while Archangel was made into a miniseries by the BBC. Harris also co-wrote The Ghost Writer, based on his novel The Ghost, with Roman Polanski.

Published by Penguin Random House, the partnership for Munich marks the first deal between the Bertelsmann-owned publishers and FremantleMedia, itself part of the RTL Group, a division of Bertelsmann.