AMC – the cable network behind The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad – has signed on to co-produce BBC One’s six episode drama series The Night Manager, TVWise has learned.
The Night Manager tells the story of Jonathan Pine, who is ready to stand up and be counted in the fight against the unholy alliance which operates between the intelligence community and the secret arms trade in the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington. But to infiltrate the inner circle of a lethal and amoral gangster, Pine must himself become a criminal.
An adaptation of the John Le Carré novel of the same name which was originally published in 1993, The Night Manager got a green-light at BBC One earlier this month with a 6×60 order. Owing to the fact that AMC is an ad-supported network, it is understood that The Night Manager will air state-side as an 8 episode “limited series”.
The BBC has yet to officially announce any casting for the series, but it is has been widely reported that Hugh Laurie (House) and Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) are being eyed for the lead roles. The Night Manager is being adapted by David Farr and produced independent production company The Ink Factory. The BBC’s Head of Independent Drama Polly Hill will executive produce.
The Night Manager is the second British drama that AMC has boarded in as many months. The network also recently signed on to co-produce Channel 4’s Real Humans, which is an English language adaptation of Scandinavian sci-fi series Humans and was originally developed alongside Xbox Entertainment Studios. The co-production agreement also extends AMC’s relationship with the BBC, following the recent deal which saw AMC Networks acquire a 49.9% stake in BBC America.