Jeffrey Steiner’s New Franchise Media has two Jeffrey Archer novels at script stage

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Jeffrey Steiner’s New Franchise Media now has two Jeffrey Archer novels in the script stage as it continues to adapt the popular British author’s work for the big screen.

Toronto-based New Franchise and Hollywood producer Frank Marshall have hired Richard Regen to adapt Archer’s best-selling novel A Matter of Honour into a multi-film franchise property.

The Bourne Legacy-style movie franchise will focus on a recurring character in the novel, Adam Scott.

Steiner (pictured), a former head of TEDCO in Toronto and now CEO of New Franchise, will have a producer credit on the A Matter of Honour movie adaptation, while New Franchise VP Dianne Schwalm will executive produce.

New York-based Regen recently wrote an untitled biopic about New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott for Warner Bros.-based producers Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne.

His other credits include Tehran, a script that made the Black List before being optioned by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer.

Regen also wrote Chasing the Dragon, a memoir about the Chinese Civil War for Universal and Tribeca’s Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro.

A second Jeffrey Archer novel, False Impression, is also being developed as a movie, with Vancouver-based Brian D. Young doing the screenplay.

Originally from Toronto, Young is a veteran screenwriter, with the Richard Gabai movie thriller 180 Degrees and the Amanda Tapping-starrer Taken Back among his recent credits.

New Franchise last year acquired the global film, TV and digital rights to a ten thriller novels by Jeffrey Archer, and has since then being lining up U.S. and other foreign partners to adapt the properties.