I've been waiting a litle while to be able to say this, but I'm really excited to announce that I've signed a television development deal on the Good Thief's Guide novels with eOne Entertainment. eOne are the production company behind, among many other things, HBO's Hung, Syfy's Haven (based on Stephen King's Colarado Kid), and ABC/Universal's Rookie Blue. Amazing to think there's a chance that Charlie and Victoria might make it onto TV!
Here's the official press release...
Entertainment One Signs TV Development Deal with UK Author Chris Ewan
- Award-winning Good Thief’s Guide novels to be developed into TV series
Entertainment One, the (LSE:ETO), the international entertainment group, is pleased to announce that it has signed a television development deal with Chris Ewan, the UK author of the Good Thief’s Guide series of comic mystery novels, to develop a television drama series based on his award winning series of books.
The Good Thief’s Guide novels, which have been published in ten countries around the world, follow the adventures of struggling crime writer and globetrotting thief-for-hire Charlie Howard. The Good Thief’s Guide to Amsterdam, the first book in the series, won the Long Barn Books First Novel Award, run by the author Susan Hill. Other titles in the series have seen Charlie visiting Paris and Las Vegas, with The Good Thief’s Guide to Venice due to be published in the UK this April and in the U.S. in August 2011. Charlie’s next adventure will take place in Berlin, and Ewan is currently penning this novel.
Chris Ewan said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have been approached by Entertainment One with the view of turning the Good Thief novels into a television production. Entertainment One has an exciting vision for my books and a fantastic track record of producing top quality television shows. An opportunity like this is what every author dreams of, and I’m so enthusiastic about the prospect of seeing Charlie Howard breaking into television schedules in the near future.”
Noreen Halpern, President of Dramatic Programming with Entertainment One Television added: “We’re big fans of Chris’s Good Thief series and looking forward to working closely with him to develop a compelling concept for the TV series. We are continually expanding our development slate and increasingly working with authors to turn their great stories into TV content. In addition to our work with Chris, our current production of “Haven” is based on Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid.”
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 20,000 film and television titles, 2,400 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
eOne Television is gaining worldwide recognition as one of the television industry’s foremost creators, producers and international distributors of premium TV programming spanning all genres. The company’s ability to attract an impressive roster of in-demand creative partners, top networks and specialty broadcasters is fueling its rapid expansion along with successes of recent series such as cop drama “Rookie Blue” (ABC/CanWest), dark comedies “Hung” (HBO) and “Call Me Fitz” (HBO Canada) and “Haven” (Syfy/Showcase). Through extensive international sales and distribution channels, the company also overseas sells of global broadcast TV and Digital/DVD as well as TV Basic and Pay rights in France, Australia and Scandinavia for the AMC’s blockbuster series “The Walking Dead” and recently received a full series order from AMC for its contemporary western “Hell on Wheels.”