Submarine is bringing the story of Abdul Khan to the small screen. The Amsterdam-based indie is developing Proliferation, a spy thriller based on the life of the Pakistani nuclear engineer.
The series tells the story of how a seemingly unexceptional Pakistani engineer Abdul Khan rose from obscurity to bring the nuclear bomb to his home country, ultimately becoming a major player in the spread of nuclear weapons to Libya, North Korea and Iran.
“While Abdul Khan’s life and story may be in the past, it could not be more relevant today”, said Femke Wolting, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Submarine. “The political landscape we exist in was profoundly shaped by the proliferation that Khan unleashed, and this story is a cautionary tale of how isolated conflicts between nations can spill out on an international scale.”
Proliferation is being developed as a political spy thriller about a nuclear trafficking group with an international story spanning the US, Europe and the Middle East. It is based on two non-fiction books – “The Nuclear Jihadist: The True Story of the Man Who Sold the World’s Most Dangerous Secrets…and How We Could Have Stopped Him” and “Fallout: The True Story of the CIA’s Secret War on Nuclear Trafficking”.