Curfew producer Moonage Pictures has optioned Lionel Davidson’s best-selling novel; Kolymsky Heights. 

When an Oxford Professor receives an envelope containing nothing but two cigarette papers – it begins a chain of events that will change the course of history. Set just after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the story follows Johnny Porter’s attempt to infiltrate the most secret research facility in Russia – a laboratory buried deep underground, a place nobody has ever left alive. 


Matthew Read (co-founder of Moonage Pictures) said of the acquisition, “Lionel Davidson’s sensational novel has been at the top of my wish-list to adapt for a very long time. It has all the flair of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, combined with the awe of The Revenant, and in Johnny Porter it has that same elemental will to survive at its core. It’s a breath-taking adventure, and it demands the time and the ambition that only long form TV today can offer.” 

Moonage Pictures was founded by Will Gould, Matthew Read and Frith Tiplady in 2018. 

Their first production, Curfew (starring Sean Bean, Phoebe Fox, Malachi Kirby, Adrian Lester, Miranda Richardson, Rose Williams and Billy Zane) launched on Sky One in February. 

In May 2018 BBC Studios announced that it had acquired a stake in the company. 

Staff Reporter

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