Drama indie The Ink Factory is reuniting with German production company Amusement Park to produce John Le Carré’s A Most Wanted Man as a TV series, with Swedish screenwriter Oskar Söderlund adapting and show-running.

The Ink Factory, makers of Fighting with My Family and The Little Drummer Girl, worked with Amusement Park,  which is behind All Quiet on the Western Front and Munich Games, to co-produce a feature version of the same book in 2014.

The  feature was directed by Anthony Corbijn and stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams and Daniel Brühl. Brühl is a partner in Amusement Park, alongside founder Malte Grunert and Amelie von Kienlin.

The events and characters of the novel will be updated to a modern day European context for the TV series.é

Simon Cornwell and Stephen Cornwell, co-coss and founders at The Ink Factory, said: “We have great respect for the team at Amusement Park and are excited to be building on our original collaboration to cast one of le Carré’s most impactful and resonant works in a new light. Le Carré’s searing insights into political machinations and the fallible and morally complex people behind them have an eternal relevance, and we are thrilled to be working with the very best in international creative talent in Oskar on this adaptation.”

Amelie von Kienlin and Malte Grunert added: “It is very exciting to revisit this fantastic novel by John Le Carré together with The Ink Factory, setting it in a timely and contemporary geopolitical context. Oskar Söderlund is the perfect fit to turn this story into a relevant and suspenseful thriller series that is rooted locally, but will engage an international audience.”

Oskar Söderlund commented, “It’s not the first time one can say that we live in troubled times. But this time one thing is missing: the voice of John le Carré. It feels like he’s always been there, creating great storytelling out of current and dramatic events. What would he say about what is happening right now in the world? That question is the basis for this series. With great honour and humility, I will take a shot at answering that. We will use the story of the novel A Most Wanted Man as the starting point to recreate John le Carré’s signature – great and insightful commentary through fiction about the times we live in.”

The Ink Factory’s current slate includes The Plotters, a Korean language television series adaptation of Un Su Kim’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name, with Soo Hugh (Pachinko) attached to create and executive produce; a series based on the debut novel of Ghanian-American author Yasmin Angoe’s thriller Her Name is Knight; an adaptation of C Pam Zhang’s How Much of These Hills is Gold with Anita Gou’s Kindred Spirit; and War Doctor, a feature based on British trauma surgeon David Nott’s memoir of working in conflict zones.


Pippa Considine

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