Article from the Telegraph, U.K.

Jeffrey Archer novels to get Hollywood treatment as former Tory peer signs film deal

Jeffrey Archer’s bestselling novels are to be adapted for the screen after the former Tory peer sold the film and television rights to 10 of his books.


By Matthew Moore

Hollywood studios are already in negotiations to produce big screen versions some of Lord Archer’s most popular works including A Matter of Honour, As the Crow Flies and Honour Among Thieves, according to reports.

Jeffrey Steiner, the Canadian businessman who has bought the rights, claims that the adaptations could rival the success of the Jason Bourne films, which were based on novels by Robert Ludlum.

Lord Archer has sold more than 250 million copies of his novels and short stories around the world, despite the ignominious end to his political career. He was expelled from the Tory party and served two years in prison after being found guilty of perjury in 2001.

Mr Steiner, a leading figure in Toronto Conservative circles, said that Lord Archer’s colourful past added to the appeal of his thrillers.

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