Author Chris Ewan’s award-winning Good Thief’s Guide series is going Stateside.
The comic mystery novels are being developed as a US network TV drama for ABC by 20th Century Fox Studios.
Chris, who lives in Douglas, said: ‘As you can imagine, I’m absolutely delighted to be able to share the news that The Good Thief’s Guide TV show is in development with 20th Century Fox Television and ABC.
‘Hart Hanson is a fantastic showrunner, and I’m a big fan of his work on Bones, and it’s wonderful to know that the books are in such terrific hands with Hart and Andrew Miller behind the adaptation.
‘I have all my fingers-crossed for the next stage of the process.’
The Good Thief’s Guide series follow the adventures of Charlie Howard, globe-trotting crime writer and professional burglar-for-hire, and his friend and literary agent, Victoria Newbury.
Each season would take the series to a different international city, much as the books have done.
Each location also serves as the catalyst for one perfect heist.
The first book in the series, set in Amsterdam, won the Long Barn Books First Novel Award and went on to be published in 11 countries.
The other novels are set in Paris, Vegas, Venice and Berlin.
All of the Good Thief novels have been shortlisted for CrimeFest’s annual Last Laugh Award.
The novels have been described as ‘crime writing at its finest’ by the Sydney Morning Herald and a ‘sparkling series’ by Edgar-Award winning novelist Megan Abbott.
The project’s producer Hart Hanson is one of the most sought-after show runners in the TV business.
He’s been at the helm of Fox’s ‘Bones’ for the past nine seasons.
He developed a drama project, Backstrom, starring Rainn Wilson, for CBS last year through 20th TV.
Executive producer Andrew Miller’s recent credits include the American TV network CW’s The Secret Circle and pilot scripts for Fox, ABC and NBC.
It’s been another successful year for Chris.
Last month, a sell-out launch party was held at the British in Douglas, for his latest novel Dead Line.
The thriller, set in Marseilles, was published in the British Isles in August by Faber and Faber.
And it will be published in the USA by St Martin’s Press in spring next year.
It follows on from the 2012 publication of the hugely successful Safe House, set in the island.
It’s sold more than 500,000 copies, and earlier this year was shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award.