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


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.