Working Title opted for the television rights of author John Preston (A very English scandal, The Dig) new non-fiction book Autumn: the mystery of Robert Maxwell.
The book, published by Viking on February 4, chronicles the business mogul’s rise to power, scandalous downfall and untimely death. A Czech immigrant to the UK, Maxwell built a publishing empire and became an MP, before being found dead overboard his yacht in 1991; it was posthumously discovered that he had misused funds from the Mirror Publishing group’s pension fund to cover his other bankruptcy companies. Her youngest child is Ghislaine Maxwell, who is currently charged with sex trafficking crimes related to her ties to Jeffrey Epstein.
Surian Fletcher-Jones, Head of Theater at Working Title, will oversee development of the project as a limited series, which will be produced by company founders Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.
“Robert Maxwell is one of the fascinating and complex figures of the 20th century and I think Working Title is the perfect fit to make a TV series out of it,” Preston said. The author is replaced by Yasmin McDonald at United Agents and Natasha Fairweather at Rogers Coleridge & White.