Stephen Fry and Dougie Henshall are to star in an ITV adaptation of the Ian Rankin novel, Doors Open.
A fast-paced and witty drama set in Edinburgh, the story follows the fortunes of a self-made millionaire and an art professor as they come together to undertake an art heist.
Doors Open will screen as a two-hour film and is to be produced by Sprout Pictures, the company founded by Stephen Fry and Gina Carter.
Laura Mackie, director of drama at ITV, said: “Doors Open is full of excitement with many twists and turns and it is as much of a love story as an art heist. We have an A-list cast lined up to bring Ian Rankin’s great characters to life.”
Gina Carter said: “These are exciting times for Sprout Pictures. We had the good fortune of having inspirational director Marc Evans on board right from the start of developing this unique film for ITV. We are thrilled to be starting the shoot very soon.”
Stephen Fry said: “I picked up Ian Rankin’s breathless and ingenious thriller Doors Open at an airport a year or so back and as I read I just knew it would make a thrilling, charming and original TV drama. I also adored the character of Professor Gissing and a shamefully vain part of me refused to see anyone else in the role.
"I am so thrilled that ITV were of the same opinion and that all of us at Sprout Pictures have managed to put together what I believe will be an entertaining, suspenseful art heist thriller which will appeal to audiences at home and abroad.”
Filming on the project is scheduled to begin on 23 April. Further casting announcements and transmission dates are expected soon.