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Kazuo Ishiguro Novel Optioned for TV


Caryn Mandabach Productions, behind the hit gangster drama Peaky Blinders, has optioned the TV rights to Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel When We Were Orphans.

When We Were Orphans tells the story of Christopher Banks, a celebrated detective in 1930s London. His encounters with friends past and present lead him to unravel a mystery surrounding the disappearance of his parents during his childhood in Shanghai.

Ishiguro will executive produce, along with Caryn Mandabach and Jamie Glazebrook for Caryn Mandabach Productions.

Glazebrook said, “Each one of Kazuo Ishiguro’s masterpieces contains a world so vivid that one feels one has lived inside it. When We Were Orphans is no exception—a psychological thriller like no other that extends across continents into the heart of a war. It’s a very personal adventure that resonates today, and we could not be more excited to bring this extraordinary story to the screen.”

Ishiguro said, “TV has now become such an exciting way to tell stories—so much is possible—and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about the company that gave us Peaky Blinders developing my London/Shanghai detective novel When We Were Orphans.”

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