British novel to be adapted into Chinese TV drama
By Yan

A crime-thriller novel by British writer Jeffrey Archer will be developed into a drama series for Chinese television audience for the first time, a UK-based film and TV producer announced Wednesday.

The novel, False Impression, is an engrossing tale which spans across the globe as a famous work of art, Vincent Van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, goes missing to provide the backdrop to an absorbing plot which made this crime-thriller a bestseller in 2005.

The author Archer is one of Britain's most famous novelists whose books have sold around 330 million copies worldwide.

The British producer Wilson Worldwide Production (WWP) has reached deal with Canada's New Franchise Media, which owns the television and film rights to many of Archer's works, for the adaptation for Chinese TV market.

WWP CEO Josh Wilson said, "We plan to produce a story that is layered and exciting. Jeffrey Archer has a penchant for producing page-turning books and that was something we really wanted to translate in to must-see TV."

Jeffrey Archer said: "I am thrilled that WWP and New Franchise Media will be producing False Impression and am intrigued to see how it is received in China."

As a film and TV production company based in London, WWP has set its eyes on Asian, especially Chinese market in recent years.