ITV Studios America and One-Two Punch Productions have optioned Alan Glynn’s upcoming novel Paradime to adapt into a scripted television series with Medium creator Glenn Gordon Caron attached to write and direct. Caron also will executive produce with One-Two Punch’s Deborah Spera and Maria Grasso.
The psychological thriller will be published by Picador on August 2. The story follows Danny Lynch, a man who has just returned to New York City after a stint in Afghanistan. Trying to make ends meet, he gets a job as a line cook in a high end restaurant. From his prep station he views the privileged clientele including a billionaire tech mogul, Teddy Trager, a man who has everything Danny never knew he wanted, and, of course, can’t have – cashmere suits, a sleek sports car, access and power. In fact, the two men couldn’t be more different except for one thing: in appearance, they are identical. The closer Danny looks at Trager’s life, the more fixated he becomes. His reality blurred, Danny starts making decisions that will irrevocably change his life.
Paradime is the latest project to be optioned for Glynn. His first novel, The Dark Fields, was released as the movie Limitless in 2011, and a spinoff television series under the same title aired in 2015 for CBS. His other novels include Bloodland, Winterland and Graveland.
The deal was brokered by Valerie Hoskins, acting on behalf of Antony Harwood Ltd, for Glynn; by Paul Haas at WME, Tom Lassally at 3 Arts Entertainment and Bryan Wolf at Ziffren Brittenham for Caron; and by Ari Greenberg and Blake Fronstin at WME for One-Two Punch.