Anthony Horowitz’s “Alex Rider” series of young adult novels about a teen superspy has been a popular favorite with over twenty million copies sold worldwide. However the previous attempt at a screen adaptation, the 2006 film version of the first novel “Stormbreaker” starring Alex Pettyfer and Ewan McGregor, was a dud with critics and at the box-office.
Now they’ve had another go, this time Eleventh Hour Films and Sony Pictures Television tackling the property as an eight-part drama series which has just released its first trailer. Otto Farrant (“Mrs. Wilson”) stars in the project which is skipping the first book and jumping to the second “Point Blanc” which follows Rider on a journey from teenage London schoolboy to embarking on his first undercover mission in the French Alps.
“The Borgias” writer Guy Burt came on board to write a TV treatment for the project which Sony Pictures Television funded without a commissioning broadcaster attached and will be out to buyers later this year – thus there’s no broadcaster, streaming service or premiere date at this point. Brenock O’Connor, Stephen Dillane, Vicky McClure, Andrew Buchan, Ronke Adekoluẹjo, Ace Bhatti and Nyasha Hatendi also star while “Das Boot” director Andreas Prochaska helms.