According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has hired Matthew Michael Carnahan to adapt the screenplay for the award-winning BBC miniseries State of Play. Universal acquired the feature film rights to the miniseries in December from Andrew Hauptman's Mission Pictures. Hauptman is producing along with Mission exec Tracy Falco.

State, which tackles the intersection of politics and journalism, revolves around an elected government official and his former campaign manager-turned-journalist for a high-profile national paper. When two seemingly unrelated slayings are linked by a single phone call, the two friends find themselves on opposite sides of an investigation.