TV Deal for Spy Book, Written by the CIA's Former Espionage Director, in the Works
Georgetown University Press, which will be publishing a book written by the former Director of the CIA's clandestine service Michael Sulick, is about to sell the rights to his book, "Spying in America" in a lucrative deal to a production company which will be filming a cutting-edge historical TV show that covers the history of espionage in America and its impact.
One source stated off the record, "Think Pulp Fiction meets historical spies. The TV show is going to be a game-changer in the historical television genre by attracting young people in the 18-35-year-old demographic who normally are not interested in old-fashioned history shows." The source indicated that the show will have modern focus on using music and having an edgy look and feel. It will feature hard-edge reenactment and is purportedly aimed at male and female viewers ages 18-35.
Scottish “Indie film” maker and BAFTA award winner, Ian Knox, who directed the critically acclaimed British hit TV shows "Urban Gothic" and "Taggert," is the favorite to direct the pilot about the American spies who fought the British in the American War of Independence.
According to Kim Barnes, one of the producers, "We are in final negotiations with Ian to direct the first year's episodes and we believe if we can implement our vision in the docuseries format it could really change the genre."
Word is that the deal has attracted several notable names to star in the pilot which covers George Washington's spies a.k.a. "The Culper Spy Network" which operated out of Long Island, New York and were not discovered until the early 1930s.
According to sources, Scandalous Music of London have been brought in to work as music producers to maximize the impact of the production and give it a modern feel.
Sulick has first-hand, insider's knowledge of the secrets America keeps — he is the former Director of the U.S. National Clandestine Service and is a 28-year veteran of the CIA.