The BBC and AMC had a hit recently with their six-part adaptation of John le Carré’s novel The Night Manager. The show picked up three Golden Globes for Best Actor (Tom Hiddleston), Best Supporting Actor (Hugh Laurie), and Best Supporting Actress (Olivia Colman). Now, the two networks are turning to another one of le Carré’s novels: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.
According to Variety, the project will be written by Simon Beaufoy, who won an Academy Award for his screenplay for Slumdog Millionaire, and like The Night Manager, the adaptation will be a limited series.
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold is le Carré’s third novel. First published in 1963, it follows a British agent who is sent to Germany to try and undermine an East German intelligence official at the height of the Cold War. The novel was an immediate success, and was adapted as a film two years later. le Carré has since gone on to author a number of other classic spy thrillers, such as Tinker Tailor Solider Spy, The Night Manager, The Constant Gardener, and others, many of which have been adapted for film or television over the years.
This new adaptation will reunite the team that produced The Night Manager, which earned considerable acclaim for capturing the novel it was based on. AMC and the BBC are clearly looking to build on that success by adapting another one of le Carré’s novels, and The Spy Who Came in From the Cold is a novel that could do very well in the modern prestige television market.
No release date or cast has been announced.
Correction: An early version of this article stated that The Spy Who Came in From the Cold was le Carré’s first nove novel. It is his third.