Hyde Park has boughts the film rights to author Andy McNab’s Nick Stone espionage novels. The first movie will be titled Echelon and based on McNab’s novel “Firewall,” the third of 12 books in the series.
The book is described as follows:
The Russians were serious players. If things didn’t go as planned, Sergei said, I’d be lucky to be shot dead in the hotel lobby. If they captured me, I’d be taken to some remote bit of wasteland and have my stomach slit open. They’d pull my lungs out and then leave me to watch them flop around on my chest like a couple of freshly caught mullet for the thirty minutes it would take me to die. These things happen, he had explained, when you mess with the main men in Russian Organized Crime. But I didn’t have a choice…’ Helsinki, December 1999. Nick Stone, ex-SAS, now a ‘K’ working for British Intelligence on deniable operations, is tough, resourceful, ruthless, highly trained – and desperately in need of cash… Offered the lucrative freelance job of kidnapping a mafia warlord and delivering him to St Petersburg, it seems to Stone that his problems are over. In fact, they are only just beginning. Stone enters the bleak underworld of the former Soviet republic of Estonia, where unknown aggressors stalk the bitter landscape, and he soon finds himself caught between implacable enemies. For Russia has embarked upon a concerted cyber-espionage offensive, hacking into some of the West’s most sensitive military secrets. American and British intelligence agencies are determined to thwart them. And the mafia are waiting in the wings with their own chillingly brutal solution…
Veteran casting agent Bonnie Timmerman, who acquired the rights to the series in mid-1990s, is producing alongside Hyde Park’s Ashok Amritraj. McNab and John Connor, who wrote the script together, are exec producing along with Imagenation’s Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei and Edward Borgerding.