FX has ordered a pilot for a sequence adaptation of Sam Greenlee’s spy novel “The Spook Who Sat by the Door,” Selection has realized.
The difference of the ebook will likely be written by Leigh Dana Jackson, who may even function government producer and showrunner. Lee Daniels and Marc Velez may even government produce on behalf of Lee Daniels Leisure. The ebook was initially optioned via the Daniels’ Inclusion Fund. Gerard McMurray will direct the pilot along with government producing. twentieth Tv will produce.
“’The Spook Who Sat By the Door’ was my dad’s favourite ebook,” mentioned Daniels. “He’d be so proud that I’m doing this and even prouder that I’m doing this with Gerard and Dana—two daring and sensible Black storytellers.”
“The Spook Who Sat By The Door” was beforehand tailored into a movie in 1973 with Lawrence Cook dinner in the lead position. The story follows Dan Freeman, the fictional first African American CIA officer employed by the company in the late Sixties. The story chronicles the quest of Freeman, who was recruited as a part of an affirmative-action program. After a really aggressive choice course of he trains in high-level fight and espionage. Nevertheless, following this arduous coaching, this mannequin recruit is rewarded with a publish in the reprographics (aka photocopying) division, “left by the door” as a token of the CIA’s “racial equality.”
The novel was first revealed in March 1969 by Allison & Busby in the UK, and by the Richard W. Baron Publishing Firm, in the U.S. Described as the first black nationalist novel, it has been translated into a number of languages and obtained the Sunday Instances Guide of the Yr award in 1969.
Daniels is a celebrated filmmaker, having obtained two Oscar nominations for his movie “Treasured.” His different movies embrace “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and the characteristic “The USA vs. Billie Vacation.” On the TV aspect, he’s recognized for co-creating the Fox dramas “Empire” and “Star.”
He’s repped by CAA, Untitled Leisure, and Hansen Jacobson.
Jackson’s earlier TV credit embrace “Elevating Dion,” “24: Legacy,” “Sleepy Hole,” “The Tomorrow Individuals,” and the upcoming Apple sequence “Basis.”
He’s repped by WME, Gotham Group, and Goodman Genow.
McMurray most lately directed an episode of the rebooted “Twilight Zone” sequence at CBS All Entry in addition to the characteristic “The First Purge.” He wrote, directed, and government produced his debut characteristic, “Burning Sands,” which was launched in 2017.
He’s repped by WME, Artists First, and Gang Tyre.
(Pictured, from left to proper: Lee Daniels, Leigh Dana Jackson, Gerard McMurray)