Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Jeffrey Archer's False Impression May Be First Book Adapted Instead

False Impression by Jeffrey Archer

Earlier today we mentioned that A Matter of Honor by Jeffrey Archer was getting a screenwriter — Richard Regen — to adapt the book as the first in a potential series (or franchise).

Now we're reading that the author's thriller False Impression — "A breathtaking journey of twists and turns from New York to London, from Bucharest and on to Tokyo ends up in a sleepy English village, where the mystery surrounding Van Gogh's last painting will finally be resolved." — may be the first to be filmed … but with a different screenwriter, Brian D. Young. To quote The Hollywood Reporter, "Regen is charged with creating an action sequel based on Archer’s Honor Among Thieves novel using a recurring character from A Matter of Honor, Adam Scott, as the main focus."

The operative word above is "sequel" but there is also a reference to two titles. Adam Scott is, indeed, the lead character in A Matter of Honor but THR is saying that that book won't be adapted, but another, Honor Among Thieves, will be. In other words, Adam Scott will be taken as a character from one book and inserted into adaptation of another. Which also suggests that Adam Scott will somehow find his way into False Impression as well.

Color us confused.

This is all so reminiscent of what happened when Alex Cross was first announced, with the title of one book used together with the adapted storyline from another.

The bottom line, we guess, is that the producers are actively moving forward with adaptations of Jeffrey Archer's novels. Only we're not exactly sure which is coming first, and how much of what makes it into the screenplay is actually from the book being adapted.

(Related article: The Hollywood Reporter.)

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