Our story

The Ink Factory is an independent studio with global reach, founded in 2010 by Stephen and Simon Cornwell.

We believe in telling original and exciting stories reaching a wide audience, partnering with talent who inspire, challenge and innovate.

We work across television, film, games and immersive experiences, developing these from inception to release, through long-term relationships with authors and creators. We take bold creative and financial decisions and seek out opportunities for ambitious and genre-defining work.

A core pillar of the company is the adaptation of the work of author John le Carré for film, television and other media. To date, we have released two films and two television series based on his books, with several more projects underway.

Our latest television adaptation of le Carré’s The Little Drummer Girl, directed by Park Chan-wook, aired on the BBC and AMC in late 2018 to critical acclaim. The company is also behind the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama series The Night Manager, based on a le Carré novel of the same name, co-produced with the BBC and AMC. We are currently developing a series based on The Spy Who Came in From the Cold produced in association with Paramount TV, once again with the BBC and AMC.

Our most recent feature is the Film4 & WWE-produced Fighting with my Family written and directed by Stephen Merchant and starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Florence Pugh, Jack Lowden and Vince Vaughn. The film is currently in cinemas globally.

Our first film, A Most Wanted Man, based on the novel by John le Carré, was released in 2014. Other past projects include Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, directed by Ang Lee and based on the award-winning novel by Ben Fountain, and Netflix Original Message from the King, a noir thriller written by Stephen Cornwell and Oliver Butcher and directed by Fabrice du Welz, which premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. In 2018, we released Drew Pearce’s directorial debut Hotel Artemis, starring Jodie Foster, Jeff Goldblum, Dave Bautista and Sterling K. Brown.

The Ink Factory has also partnered with one of the games industry’s top talents, Matt Nava, to found digital studio Giant Squid. Giant Squid’s first game, the twice-BAFTA-nominated ABZÛ, was released in August 2016. Giant Squid’s latest game The Pathless will be released in 2019 and has been hand-picked for Apple’s highly-anticipated game subscription service, Apple Arcade.

The company is headquartered in London and Los Angeles.

Our team