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Atlantique, Participant to adapt cyber-intrusion non-fiction book Pegasus for TV

Surveillance drama Pegasus

Mediawan-backed Atlantique Productions and US-based Participant are partnering to adapt the cyber-intrusion non-fiction book Pegasus: How a Spy in Our Pocket Threatens the End of Privacy, Dignity, and Democracy.

Atlantique optioned the rights to the book, which was written by journalists Laurent Richard and Sandrine Rigaud alongside Mark Zwonitze.

The TV adaptation will be created and showrun by Amit Cohen (No Man’s Land, False Flag, Bad Boy) and Ron Leshem (Euphoria, No Man’s Land, Bad Boy).

Executive producers on the project include Nathalie Perus for Atlantique Productions, Thomas Anargyros for Mediawan in France and Jeff Skoll and Miura Kite for Participant, in addition to Maria Feldman (No Man’s Land) and Claire Rudnick Polstein (Burnt, August: Osage County).

In addition to the option deal, Atlantique has signed a framework agreement with Richard’s investigative network Forbidden Stories. Through that deal, Atlantique will develop projects based on prior and upcoming investigations from Forbidden Stories.

“We could not have hoped for better studio partners for this project than Participant, for whom meaning and impact are key,” said Atlantique’s general director Nathalie Perus.

“Nor more suitable talents than Amit and Ron who, in addition to being brilliant screenwriters, have themselves been journalists and know the stakes and dangers of the job. Our extended association with Forbidden Stories will, beyond the Pegasus scandal, shed light on the mission of these teams and the vital necessity of the investigations they pursue.”

Participant’s exec VP of global television Miura Kite added: “The story of the Pegasus investigation is a crucial unveiling of how surveillance can be grossly misused, and it reads like a contemporary global thriller.

“Amit and Ron are inspiring and provocative showrunners who understand the urgency of this story and the bravery of the journalists behind it.”

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