Jeffrey Archers novel A Matter Of Honour to become a movie

Former British politician Jeffrey Archer could be the new Robert Ludlum if producer Frank Marshall has his way: he’s developing a movie version of Archer’s novel A Matter Of Honour .

The tale was written in 1986 but set 20 years earlier, and it follows Adam Scott, a man who goes on the run from the KGB and the CIA after receiving a Pandora’s Box of a letter from his military father.

Scott appears in a follow-up novel, Honour Among Thieves , which is also expected to be brought to the big screen.

Marshall, who has produced the Bourne and Indiana Jones movies, said the following via a statement: “Jeffrey Archer is a master storyteller whose suspenseful plots and compelling characters have the potential for a multi-feature film franchise with both domestic and international appeal.”

Canadian private equity firm New Franchise Media snapped up the rights to this and nine more Archer thrillers last year, which sounds like a move with franchise potential.

Archer has written a vast number of books over the years (both fiction and non-fiction), but he’s still possibly best known on these shores for his time spent as a politician, and the scandal that saw him end up in jail in 2001.

Matt Maytum
Deputy Editor, Total Film

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar+, and you can often hear me nattering on the Inside Total Film podcast. Bucket-list-ticking career highlights have included reporting from the set of Tenet and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as covering Comic-Con, TIFF and the Sundance Film Festival.