Tomas Alfredson Set to Direct 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'
by Alex Billington
July 9, 2009
Fresh off of the success of the brilliant film Let the Right One In, Swedish director Tomas Alfredson has signed on to direct Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy for Working Title. The new feature film adaptation of John Le Carre's seminal cold war novel is being adapted by Oscar nominated screenwriter Peter Morgan (The Last King of Scotland, The Queen, Frost/Nixon). Set in the aftermath of the cold war, the thriller tells the tale of a spy-hunt within the highest echelons of the British Secret Intelligence Service. In the 1970s, it was adapted into a British TV series that starred Alec Guinness as retired intelligence officer George Smiley.
"Tomas is one of the most hotly sought-after and gifted directors in the industry at the moment and we're really looking forward to working with him on such an exciting project," said Tim Bevan said of this news. "The timing is right for a new screen version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy so it's great for us to be able to continue our creative collaboration with Peter Morgan on this and to have Tomas onboard who we've no doubt will bring a unique vision to the material." That is certainly going to be the case. I'm already hoping Alfredson does for the spy genre what he did for the vampire genre with Let the Right One In. Interested?