'Walking Dead' exec-producer Gale Ann Hurd developing TV series based on Jeffrey Archer novel 'The Eleventh Commandment'
Book centers on CIA assassin Connor Fitzgerald
Fresh off her major success with AMC's blockbuster hit "The Walking Dead", producer Gale Ann Hurd is looking to add a new TV series to her resume with an adaptation of the bestselling 1998 spy novel "The Eleventh Hour" by British author Jeffrey Archer. The development deal was announced today by New Franchise Media Inc. (NFMI), which holds the rights to the tome.
The book centers on CIA asssassin Connor Fitzgerald, who discovers he was set up by forces within the agency after being captured and imprisoned during a mission to murder a Russian presidential candidate. He then must try and prevent the episode from steamrolling into an outbreak of World War III.
"Jeffrey Archer's storytelling is compelling, character driven and perfect for television-full of fast-paced, high-stakes danger." said Hurd in a statement. "I'm thrilled to bring his books and the adventures of Connor Fitzgerald to life for audiences."
This is the latest of several Archer novels to be adapted for the screen; previous TV credits for the author include miniseries adaptations of his books "Kane & Abel" and "First Among Equals" (1985 and 1986, respectively). It was also recently announced that Frank Marshall ("Arachnophobia", "Congo") would be producing and directing a feature adaptation of his 1986 spy thriller "A Matter of Honor".
The author's books have sold in excess of 300 million copies worldwide.
Interestingly, Archer himself became plagued with scandal during a run in British politics that spanned from the mid-1970s into the early '00s. His political career ended in 2001 after he was found guilty of perjury and "perverting the course of justice" during a 1987 libel trail and sentenced to four years in prison. He was released in 2003.
News From Our Partners
- 'Metallica Through the Never' Trailer: Angry Mobs and "Master of Puppets" 'Timecop' Being Remade, As All Movies Eventually Must 'We're The Millers' Red Band NSFW Trailer: Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis Smuggle Drugs
- 'The World's End' Trailer: Pints, Pals, and Killer Robots! Francis Ford Coppola Directing New Italian-American Saga 'Don Jon' Trailer: Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Scarlett Johansson Go Jersey
- What to Watch Tonight: The Season Finales of SVU, The Middle, Modern Family, Chicago Fire, Nashville, and Criminal Minds The Critics Choice Awards Nominations Choose Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad The Weirdest, Grossest, Bestest Moments from Netflix's Hemlock Grove, in Pictures and GIFs
- Hear This: You don’t have to know the words to have fun with this Stone Temple Pilots single Watch This: Ronin is a triumph of crime-flick economy Cannes Film Festival: Cannes, Day Seven: J.C. Chandor makes good, Nicolas Winding Refn goes bad, and Claire Denis gets ugly
- Charlotte Robinson: Somer Bingham Talks LGBT Issues and Life After The Real L Word (AUDIO) PHOTOS: Has Ellen Had Enough Of LA? Jennifer Aniston On 'Friends' Reunion: 'We All Miss Working Together'
- The Telefile - Critics' Choice Television Awards 2013: Nominees Announced The Telefile - TV on DVD: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 The Telefile - Veep: The Episode's Best Insults
- 'Man Of Steel': Is Zod Superman's Khan? New 'Man of Steel' Trailer: Watch Now! 'The Hangover': Retracing The Success Of A Few Crazy Nights
- Justin Bieber's 'Baby' Is Highest-Certified Single in History, But His Monkey Is No Longer His Son Ho Young's Girlfriend Found Dead Listen to The-Dream Collaborate With Beyonce on 'Turnt'