Patrick Melrose Producer Two Cities Television & Spotlight Producer Topic Studios Team On Jamal Khashoggi Story

Patrick Melrose producer Two Cities Television and Spotlight producer Topic Studios have partnered to bring a drama based on the life and death of Jamal Khashoggi to the small screen.

The two companies have optioned Jonathan Rugmans The Killing in the Consulate: Investigating the Life and Death of Jamal Khashoggi, which is published this month by Simon & Schuster.

It comes a year after Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Eye In The Sky writer Guy Hibbert has come on board to adapt the book, which includes interviews with the likes of Khashoggis fiancée Hatice Cengiz as well as access to the Turkish investigation.

The rights were picked up from James Carroll at Northbank Talent Management.

Two Cities Television is a BBC Studios-backed firm run by Michael Jackson, the former President of Programming at USA Entertainment, Chairman of Universal Television and President of Programming for IAC, and Wall to Wall founder Alex Graham. Line of Duty and The Fall commissioner Stephen Wright is Creative Director at the business, which is also developing TV series based on Michael Wolffs Donald Trump epic Fire and Fury and David Burkes book The Spy Who Came In From The Co-Op: Melita Norwood and the Ending of Cold War Espionage.

Wright said, “Four time BAFTA-winner Guy Hibbert with his track record in factual drama makes him the perfect screenwriter to adapt this story.”

Maria Zuckerman, Read More – Source