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Caryn Mandabach Productions has optioned the TV rights to Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel WHEN WE WERE ORPHANS. Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day, Never Let Me Go) is the recipient of the Booker Prize, as well as the Nobel Prize In Literature 2017.

WHEN WE WERE ORPHANS tells the story of Christopher Banks, a celebrated detective in 1930s London. His encounters with friends past and present lead him to unravel a mystery surrounding the disappearance of his parents during his childhood in Shanghai, China. It’s a journey into darkness with a profound sense of how historical events affect and shape our lives.

Ishiguro will executive produce, along with Caryn Mandabach and Jamie Glazebrook for Caryn Mandabach Productions.

Jamie Glazebrook, for Caryn Mandabach Productions, said, “Each one of Kazuo Ishiguro’s masterpieces contains a world so vivid that one feels one has lived inside it. WHEN WE WERE OPHANS is no exception – a psychological thriller like no other that extends across continents into the heart of a war. It’s a very personal adventure that resonates today, and we could not be more excited to bring this extraordinary story to the screen.”

Kazuo Ishiguro said, “TV has now become such an exciting way to tell stories - so much is possible - and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am about the company that gave us PEAKY BLINDERS developing my London/Shanghai ‘detective novel’ WHEN WE WERE ORPHANS.”