OSCAR-winning cinema screenwriter Simon Beaufoy is moving into TV with two new high-profile projects.

His planned collaborations with Danny Boyle and the BBC follow his work scripting a movie about 1970s tennis players Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

That film, Battle Of The Sexes, starred Emma Stone and Steve Carell.

Beaufoy has been attached to a planned small-screen adaptation of John le Carre’s bestselling novel The Spy Who Came in From the Cold.

The project, currently in development, is a partnership between the BBC and Walking Dead production company AMC following their joint success this year with le Carre’s The Night Manager.

The companies are currently working on a second series of The Night Manager and recently green-lit a six-part adaptation of le Carre’s The Little Drummer Girl starring Florence Pugh.

Simon is also working on a TV series with his frequent collaborator, director Danny Boyle, following their hugely successful partnerships for award-winning movies 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire.

The pair have been collanorating for forthcoming series Trust, a true-crime drama with the ten-episode season one focused on the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III.

The series, described as “equal parts family history, dynastic saga and examination of the corrosive power of money”, is due to be released in January.

Simon also penned a script about the ‘Battle of the Sexes’ tennis match in 1973 between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs script.

Simon delved behind the public events transpiring on the world stage at the time to depict King’s own internal struggles.

The match was intended by self-proclaimed ‘male chauvinist pig’ Riggs to demonstrate that men were the superior sex, in tennis and otherwise.

The Guardian newspaper described the Battle of the Sexes as a “seductively enjoyable, smart and well-acted” film based on the most deadly serious sporting contest of modern times.

Beaufoy made his name in the 1990s by scripting hit British comedy. The Full Monty and went on to win an Oscar for his Slumdog Millionaire screenplay.

He specialises in screen adaptations of novels, including the Golden Globe-nominated Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and the second Hunger Games film Catching Fire.

Coming up is his adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s In the Skin of the Lion, an original screenplay for See-Saw Films, and an original TV series Happiness 3.0 with producer Stephen Garrett.