Eleven to Adapt Jeffrey Archer Trilogy

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Jeffrey Archer’s bestselling Kane and Abel trilogy is to be adapted for television by Eleven.

The global bestselling trilogy – Kane and Abel, The Prodigal Daughter, and Shall We Tell The President – were written by Archer between 1977 and 1982.

Kane and Abel tells the story of two men, one Polish, an illegitimate son of a Baron, the other rich and privileged from a wealthy Boston banking family. Born on the same day on opposite sides of the world, their paths cross only once in their ruthless pursuit to build a fortune, but what follows is an epic story of revenge that spans sixty years. Linked by an all-consuming hatred after one catastrophic incident, these two patriarchs blindly commit their lives to destroying one another’s empires. It’s only when Abel’s strong-willed daughter, Florentyna, meets Kane’s son Richard, that these two enemies start to understand that their feud is going to come at great personal cost.

Kane and Abel is written by Sarah Quintrell (The PowerHis Dark Materials) and executive produced by Joel Wilson and Jamie Campbell for Eleven, and James Baker and James Archer for The Jeffrey Archer Company.  Sony Pictures Television will handle international rights.

“It’s exciting to be adapting Jeffrey’s epic and extraordinary Kane and Abel Trilogy,” says Sarah Quintrell.  “The big themes of power, privilege, pride, love and loss – exploring what man does to man and the ramifications of our behaviour across generations – feel incredibly timely. The bold storytelling and wonderful twists and hooks meant I couldn’t put the novels down. It’s a writer’s dream to adapt such a rollercoaster ride especially alongside Joel, Sophie [Williams] and the brilliant team at Eleven.”

“Sarah is the most wonderful writer,” says executive producer Joel Wilson.  “The combination of Sarah and Jeffrey’s incredibly compelling trilogy is a deeply fascinating one and I can’t wait to find a broadcaster who shares our vision for the long-running series we have in mind.”

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