John le Carre’s “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold” to Be Turned into Limited Series from AMC and BBC

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Coming off The Night Manager‘s multiple Golden Globe wins earlier this month, AMC is once again set to adapt from the pages of espionage master John le Carré.

On Saturday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, it was announced that BBC is reteaming with AMC to adapt le Carre’s 1963 novel THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD

The limited series will be written by Oscar-winner  (Slumdog Millionaire). International distribution will be handled by Paramount Television with Character 7 producing in association with The Ink Factory. Character 7 also executive produced The Night Manager.

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold is set in 1962. It begins at the peak of the Cold War and just months after the erection of the Berlin Wall. Alex Leamas is a hard-working, hard-drinking British intelligence officer whose East Berlin network is in tatters. His agents are either on the run or dead at the hands of ruthlessly efficient East German counter-intelligence officer Hans Dieter-Mundt. Leamas is called back to London where, to his surprise, he’s offered a chance at revenge. But to obtain it, he may have to stay out in the cold a little longer.

The book was on the bestseller list for 32 weeks upon its release. In 1965, Paramount adapted the novel as a feature film with Richard Burton in the lead role.

Many of Le Carre’s novels have been adapted for and film projects. These include the Oscar winner The Constant Gardener, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, A Most Wanted Man, and Our Kind of Traitor, the latter two of which were also produced by The Ink Factory.

The limited series joins other upcoming AMC projects including The Son, The Terror, Lodge 49, Loaded and another limited series, Night of the Gun, based on the memoir of longtime New York Times writer David Carr.

Beaufoy is repped by Knight Hall Agency Ltd. and Thompson Street Entertainment.

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