EXCLUSIVE: Here’s a project that’s likely to generate a lot of buzz globally: Studiocanal brings together the BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated team behind Tinker Tailor Spy Soldier to adapt spy writer Dave Hutchinson Fractured Europe sequence novels into a major television series.
Tinker Tailor Spy Soldier writer Peter Straughan and director Tomas Alfredson will turn best-selling novels into an eight-part series, titled Europe, which will be co-produced by Seven Stories, the All3Media-owned production company founded by A girl with an earring producer Anand Tucker.
Hutchinson wrote four Fractured Europe sequence books since 2014. The series is set in a near-future Europe, which has split into countless small nation-states after being ravaged by a pandemic and economic decline.
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In the first book, Europe in autumn, Rudi, a chef based at a small restaurant in Krakow, Poland, is embroiled in a new career with Les Coureurs des Bois, an obscure organization that will move anything across any state border for a price . Soon Rudi is in a world of high-risk smuggling operations, where kidnappings and double-crossings are as natural as a constantly redrawn map.
Alfredson said: “Europe is a unique blend of classic spy novel and mind-boggling science fiction. Set in the not too distant future, in a world that for the most part closely resembles our world today, the story offers a rich and gripping allegory of our contemporary times.
Tucker said the series has been a “passion” since the founding of Seven Stories in 2015, while Studiocanal’s executive vice president of global production, Ron Halpern, added: “We had hoped for many years to find the right one. project to work on again with Peter and Tomas. We have now found it in the serial adaptation of Dave Hutchinson’s fantastic near-future spy thrillers. “
Europe will be produced by Tucker, Colleen Woodcock, Robyn Slovo, Straughan and Alfredson. Studiocanal distributes internationally. the Fractured Europe sequence series is published by Solaris, an imprint of Rebellion. The book rights deal was negotiated by Luke Speed ââof Curtis Brown Group on behalf of Alexander Cochran of C&W Agency.
Cold War Spy Thriller Tinker Tailor Spy Soldier premiered in 2011 and was based on the novel of the same name by John le CarrÃ©. It starred Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy, and won Best British Feature at the BAFTAs, as well as Best Adapted Screenplay.