ABC To Adapt British Spy Series <i>MI-5</i>

ABC Studios has picked up the rights to Spooks, the long-running British spy drama known in the United States as MI-5, Deadline reports.

Created by David Wolstencroft, the hit series centers on a group of MI5 agents based in the organization's Thames House headquarters in London. Debuting in 2002 on BBC One, Spooks has aired in the United States, France and Canada, and spawned an unsuccessful spinoff series called Spooks: Code 9. The upcoming ninth season is expected to the show's last on BBC.

Michael Seitzman (Empire State) will write and executive produce the ABC adaptation, which has a script order from the network.

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