THE WALKING DEAD Producer Gale Anne Hurd to Adapt THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT for TV

     September 19, 2011

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The producer has already found success with the AMC drama The Walking Dead, and the period drama Port Royal is already on the way, but Gale Anne Hurd has lined up yet another TV endeavor. A press release from New Franchise Media Inc. has announced development of a TV series adaptation of British author Jeffrey Archer’s novel The Eleventh Commandment. The novel follows the most deadly CIA assassin Connor Fitzgerald, a man who keeps the details of his dangerous career from his own family. However, as luck would have it, with only a few days to go before retirement, the Director of the CIA is suddenly helbent on making Connor the fall guy for a phony assassination on a Russian presidential candidate that could inadvertently trigger World War III. The title of the series comes from just one of the books, but there’s a whole series of novels featuring Fitzgerald, so there’s plenty of source material for a TV series. You can find both a synopsis of The Eleventh Commandment and the full press release after the jump.
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Here’s a synopsis of The Eleventh Commandment:

Connor Fitzgerald is a professional’s professional. Holder of the Medal of Honor. Devoted family man. Servant of his country. CIA assassin. Days before his retirement from the Company, Fitzgerald comes face to face with an enemy who, for the first time, even he cannot handle–his own boss, Helen Dexter, Director of the CIA.

Thou Shalt Not Be Caught.

But Dexter’s stranglehold on the agency is threatened by a power greater than her own, and her only hope is to destroy Fitzgerald. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a new threat to national security is emerging: a ruthless hardline Russian president who is determined to force a military confrontation between the two superpowers. It’s up to the intrepid Fitzgerald to pull off his most daring mission yet–save the world.and his own life. [Amazon]

And here’s the official press release for the new TV adaptation of the novel:

Los Angeles, CA – New Franchise Media Inc. (“NFMI”) announces the development deal for the first TV adaptation from their slate of Jeffrey Archer bestselling novels: The Eleventh Commandment, a number 1 bestseller from the renowned UK author. The Eleventh Commandment, a CIA Action/thriller will be developed as an ongoing TV series by Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer of “The Walking Dead” and the upcoming “Port Royal,” and her Valhalla Entertainment shingle.

In The Eleventh Commandment, Connor Fitzgerald is the CIA’s most deadly assassin, hiding the details of his career from his family. Only days from his retirement from the Agency, he comes across an enemy he cannot handle, the Director of the CIA, bent on making Connor the fall guy for a phony assassination on a Russian presidential candidate that could inadvertently trigger World War III.

“Jeffrey Archer’s storytelling is compelling, character driven and perfect for television-full of fast-paced, high-stakes danger.” said Hurd. “I’m thrilled to bring his books and the adventures of Connor Fitzgerald to life for audiences.” Valhalla executive Ben Roberts brought the project into the company.

“Like Jeffrey Archer’s page-turning novels, which are always a guaranteed good read, this TV series will entertain with its unexpected twists and compelling characters that will keep you hooked,” said NFMI CEO Jeffrey Steiner. “We plan for event television with that must-see factor.” Sales of Jeffrey Archer’s books exceed 300 million copies worldwide.

“Gale Anne Hurd’s amazing pedigree in bringing action-oriented entertainment to the screen puts her among the best in the business. I am delighted to be working with her,” Lord Archer said from his home in London.

“Our company’s business plan is to develop our Archer properties in collaboration with experienced and respected producers, like Gale Anne Hurd. Together with Archer’s worldwide fan base this new spy-action series will have great appeal in both domestic and international markets,” observed Dianne Schwalm, NFMI’s Vice-President of Partnership Development.

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