Author Len Deighton's classic Cold War spy novels are primed to make a small screen impact.
Clerkenwell Films, the company behind the popular UK superhero series "Misfits," is developing an 18 part series based on the books, and have signed Academy Award winning writer Simon Beaufoy ("Slumdog Millionaire") to pen the adaptations.
"Deighton's masterful series of novels draws the hidden political map of the late twentieth century," Beaufoy said. "It is all here: murders, honey-traps and spy swaps, the double-dealing and maneuvering of nations jousting for position at the height of the Cold War, with Bernard Samson, the Bond with brains, giving it an almost Chandleresque sense of cool."
Deighton's novels, featuring iconic British spy Bernard Samson, have sold over 40 million books worldwide, and are widely regarded as some of the best spy stories of all time. Several filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino have expressed interest in adapting the novels to film, which include three trilogy series set in the years 1983 to 1988. The series centers on former MI6 field agent Samson, brought back to active duty in order to solve the mystery behind his wife's defection to the KGB.
Deighton expressed enthusiasm regarding the deal, stating, "Writing it took well over ten years of my life, and it was my hope and firm belief that some day a film company would want to bring the entire series of books to the screen. Now it has happened."