Jeffrey Archer's 'False Impression' Getting Chinese TV Treatment

U.K.-based Wilson Worldwide Productions and Canada's New Franchise Media are developing the action-crime novel as a drama series in China.

Jeffrey Archer's novel False Impression is being adapted for China.

U.K.-based indie producer Wilson Worldwide Productions has pacted with Canada’s New Franchise Media to develop Archer’s 2005 action-thriller as a high-octane Chinese TV drama. The small-screen adaptation will be overseen by Susan Tang, head of WWP's Asia division based in Beijing and a former drama exec at the Shanghai Media Group.

False Impression is an action-crime novel set on several continents. Jeffrey Steiner, the former Toronto bureaucrat behind Pinewood Toronto Studios, holds the worldwide film, TV and digital rights to 10 thriller novels by Archer, with an eye to striking international co-productions to bring them to the screen.

"The novel has the must-see elements for event television and the series is sure to be even more exciting as it is shown to a wider television audience," New Franchise Media CEO Steiner said in a statement of the adaptation for the Chinese market. 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.

New Franchise Media has also been adapting other Archer works like A Matter of Honor, Honor Among Thieves and The Eleventh Commandment for the big and small screen. London-based Carnaby International recently nabbed the international sales rights to A Matter of Honor, an action-packed feature spy thriller based on Archer's novel of the same title.

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