Alex Rider, the teen superspy who has starred in a series of bestselling novels and one feature film, is headed to the small screen. The International Production and Worldwide Distribution division of Sony Pictures Television have joined forces, apparently for the first time, to pick up an Alex Rider TV series being developed by British company Eleventh Hour films, Deadline reports.
Eleventh Hour picked up the option to begin development on the series last spring, and while U.K. network ITV was involved then, it seems the series is still on the hunt for a broadcasting home.
Created by novelist Anthony Horowitz (who also created the TV series Foyle's War) in 2000, Alex Rider is a teenage spy recruited by MI6, initially after discovering his late uncle's own secret life of espionage. In the first novel, Stormbreaker, Alex works to uncover a plot to kill British schoolchildren via a virus contained in groundbreaking computers donated to schools by a millionaire. Stormbreaker was adapted into a feature film starring Alex Pettyfer in 2006, and a tie-in video game was also released that year. The novels have sold nearly 20 million copies worldwide.
Guy Burt (The Borgias) is writing the series, which will begin with the second Rider novel, Point Blanc, which features Alex infiltrating an exclusive school for ultra-wealthy children in the French Alps.
“So many Alex Rider fans have been asking me when he would be returning to the screen – and I couldn’t be more excited that it’s finally happening," Horowitz said. "Guy Burt has perfectly captured the danger and excitement of the books, and I’m sure the series will have universal appeal.”
At the moment, there is no casting or broadcasting news for Alex Rider, but after a year with Eleventh Hour, the series has picked up a big backer in Sony, so hopefully we'll know more very soon.