ITV has ordered a two hour TV movie titled Doors Open. Based on the best-selling novel by Ian Rankin, Doors Open is set in Edinburgh and tells the story of a self-made millionaire, an art professor and a banker who come together to undertake an art heist.
Doors Open will star Stephen Fry and Dougie Henshall. Fry will play art expert Professor Gissing, while Henshall has been cast as Mike Mackenzie, a self-made businessman with too much time on his hands.
The two hour TV movie is being produced by Stephen Fry’s Sprout Pictures, with production due to commenece on April 23rd on location in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Doors Open was ordered by ITV’s Director of Drama, Laura Mackie, who said: “Doors Open is full of excitement with many twists and turns and it is as much of a love story as an art heist. We have an A list cast lined up to bring Ian Rankin’s great characters to life.”
While Stephen Fry commented: “I picked up Ian Rankin’s breathless and ingenious thriller Doors Open at an airport a year or so back and as I read I just knew it would make a thrilling, charming and original TV drama. I also adored the character of Professor Gissing and a shamefully vain part of me refused to see anyone else in the role. I am so thrilled that ITV were of the same opinion and that all of us at Sprout Pictures have managed to put together what I believe will be an entertaining, suspenseful art heist thriller which will appeal to audiences at home and abroad.”