John Le Carré’s classic spy novel The Spy Who Came in From the Cold is getting the TV series treatment via AMC and the BBC as the networks have ordered a series to be written by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Everest).
The announcement, made yesterday, comes after the critical and commercial win of 2016s Le Carré TV adaptation of The Night Manager.
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold was first immortalised on film in 1965.
Synopsis (of the book): In this classic, John le Carre’s third novel and the first to earn him international acclaim, he created a world unlike any previously experienced in suspense fiction. With unsurpassed knowledge culled from his years in British Intelligence, le Carre brings to light the shadowy dealings of international espionage in the tale of a British agent who longs to end his career but undertakes one final, bone-chilling assignment. When the last agent under his command is killed and Alec Leamas is called back to London, he hopes to come in from the cold for good. His spymaster, Control, however, has other plans. Determined to bring down the head of East German Intelligence and topple his organization, Control once more sends Leamas into the fray — this time to play the part of the dishonored spy and lure the enemy to his ultimate defeat.