Tony Kent’s debut thriller Killer Intent (Elliott & Thompson), currently a Zoe Ball bookclub pick, is to be developed for television by independent production company Liberty Films.
Kent will be adapting his novel alongside what has been described as "an American-style writers’ room of established TV talent". The outfit, run by Stuart Fenegan and Duncan Jones, has previously worked on feature films including "Moon", "Source Code", "Warcraft" and "Mute".
Jones, director for the project, said: "Tony’s writing style is already so cinematic, working with him and a room of writers to adapt his first book will be a thrill. I’m excited to get my teeth into some contemporary set action, and have time to develop characters over a series rather than a single film."
Kent said: "It’s an extraordinary honour to have Duncan Jones and Liberty Films adapting Killer Intent for TV. I’m absolutely blown away to be working with such outstanding talent, particularly as I have been a big fan going right back to the release of 'Moon' almost 10 years ago."
Fenegan, producer, added: "I’ve loved the work of John Grisham and Lee Child for years. When I read an early draft of Killer Intent I knew it was special and deserved a place on the shelf, and on the screen, alongside those authors. Having spent a great deal of time with Tony discussing his characters and the journeys they will embark on in future books, I know television is the right medium in which to do them justice."