Could 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' Possibly Become a Spy Franchise?

September 27, 2011
Source: The Guardian

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Though the film won't hit American theaters until December 9th, the new spy thriller Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy has already opened in the UK at the top of the box office last weekend. Considering the early success of the film, it sounds like there's a chance the adaptation of John Le Carré's classic novel might kick-off a new spy franchise. It wouldn't be all that surprising considering there are plenty of other books featuring central character George Smiley, brought to life in Tomas Alfredson's adaptation by Gary Oldman, and it sounds like the actor is certainly up for more films, but with a couple provisos. Read on!

Here's what Oldman told The Guardian (via The Playlist) about the possibility of sequels:

"I loved playing George. and there are of course films to be made of Le Carré's other books featuring George, with 'Smiley's People' and 'The Honourable Schoolboy' being the obvious ones. But I would insist on quite a few factors, such as I would really want Tomas Alfredson to direct it again."

Oldman's assumption of those two aforementioned books following Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy is probably more than an educated guess because an announcement about the future of the potential series is expected in Paris next week. In addition, those two books act as the final two chapters in what is called The Karla Trilogy, the series of three books beginning with Tinker, Tailor Soldier, Spy that follow Smiley as he pursues his Soviet nemesis. Of course, Oldman surmises that the two books may end up being combined into one film, "I don’t think they would make The Honourable Schoolboy on its own. My guess would be that it would be a composite, an amalgamation of the two, and they would call it Smiley’s People.” So instead of a whole series, maybe just one more film to wrap up the book trilogy. How does that sound?

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  • Would be interesting to see the karla trilogy being all made movie by the same team of Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy...
  • Max
    this definitely sounds great. i'm in no position to see TTSS any time soon, but I've seen both BBC series, TTSS and the Smiley's People and I would be more than glad to see those guys finishing it. it's even hard to tell which series was better - the first or the second one, but seeing Oldman & the gang in one more, wow - that's a thrill!




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