Wilson Worldwide Productions, a London based production company, is taking Jeffrey Archer’s 2005 thriller and turning it into a “fast-paced international drama series that merges the east and the west.”
They are teaming up with Canadian production company, New Media Franchise, which owns the film and television rights to Archer’s novel.
Josh Wilson, CEO of WWP, said: “We are very interested in the Chinese market as it has shown a growing appetite for British TV and film productions.
“We are looking to make the heroine a Western-educated Chinese woman and possibly change the Tokyo scene from the novel to Hong Kong or Shanghai.”
The tale unfolds in New York, where Anna Petrescu is missing, presumed dead, after 9/11. She uses her new status to escape from America, only to be pursued across the world from Toronto to London, to Hong Kong, Tokyo and Bucharest as she tries to answer a number of questions.
“The novel has the must-see elements for event television and the series is sure to be even more exciting as it is shown to a wider television audience,” said Jeffrey Steiner, CEO of New Media Franchise.
Wilson Worldwide Productions is the brainchild of Josh Wilson, named by Forbes as a 30 under 30 entrepreneur, and has aired shows in over 150 countries. They also have offices in Toronto and Shanghai, coincidentally both are where False Impression will take place.
He states that: “It is no secret that there is a lack of opportunities that the BAME community have in the television and film industry, being both under-employed and under-represented. WWP promotes diversity and our fantastic achievements in 2017 will hopefully be a sign that things are beginning to change.”
Currently, there have been no announcements for casting or release date for False Impression.