The Spy Who Came in From the Cold is Coming to TV

The John le Carré novel is getting a fresh adaptation courtesy of AMC.

AMC and the BBC are teaming up for a new TV adaptation of the classic John le Carré espionage novel The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. The 1963 book, about a British intelligence officer stationed in East Berlin who poses as a defector to bring down a powerful East German counter-intelligence chief, was on the best seller list for 32 weeks and previously made into a 1965 film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Richard Burton, Claire Bloom and Oskar Werner.

Slumdog Millionaire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy is penning the script for the TV version, which does not yet have a cast or director. But the last time that AMC and the BBC collaborated on a le Carré adaptation, we got The Night Manager, which won two Emmy awards and three Golden Globes. So it’s hardly a surprise that the author himself said, “I’m very excited by the project, and have great confidence in the team.”

AMC president of original programming and development Joel Stillerman said, “John le Carré is one of the master story-tellers of our time, and to have the opportunity once again to put his page to our screen is an absolute privilege,” while Beaufoy said simply, “It’s incredibly exciting to be working on the best Cold War spy story ever written.”

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