Novel THE QUANTUM SPY Is Being Adapted Into a Thriller Series
After a tense competition, Boies/Schiller Film Group has acquired the rights to adapt the CIA novel The Quantum Spy by David Ignatius into a series. Dave Kalstein (NCIS: Los Angeles) will be writing the script, as well as executive produce and serve as showrunner. Deadline has provided the following description of the novel and upcoming series:
The Quantum Spy is rooted in reality, a story ripped from today’s headlines: The 21st century’s biggest challenge is a secret twilight struggle between the U.S. and China for mastery of quantum computing technology that is the new Manhattan Project. Hyper-fast quantum computers are the digital equivalent of a nuclear bomb, able to shred military-grade encryption and crack any code. The nation who builds a quantum computer first will attain global dominance, and its adversaries will have no security, no safety, and no secrets.
In the book, when America’s top-secret quantum research lab is compromised by a Chinese mole, newly-assigned Chinese-American CIA officer Harris Chang is tasked with his first mission for the Agency: hunt down the traitor. Soon, he’s caught in an ever-expanding maze of spymasters, assassins and temptations. And Chang’s investigation will turn into his personal obsession. The CIA chose Chang for this mission because he looks like the enemy, but its life-and-death stakes cause him to ask fundamental questions about his heritage as he’s spurned by his mistrustful American colleagues and manipulated by Beijing’s appeals to his Chinese “patriotism.” But is all this a ruse, a series of stunning reversals and betrayals orchestrated by Chang? Chang holds the key to these secrets while we’re left guessing as to which doors he will unlock.
The series creators are reportedly casting currently, and we will hopefully hear more soon and see this exciting series possibly next year. Does this sound like your kind of series?