Le Carre's 'Tinker Tailor' Sequel & 'Our Kind of Traitor' Coming Soon
It's been over a year since Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy hit theaters in 2011, but before the film even had a wide release and buzz on the awards circuit, there was talk about the subtle, quiet spy thriller becoming a franchise. In September of 2011, Oldman theorized about which John Le Carre books might be adapted into films (or maybe even one film), and now word comes from ScreenDaily, after speaking with StudioCanal Chairman and CEO Olivier Courson and Ron Halpern from international productions and acquisitions, that the sequel Smiley's People is gearing up to begin shooting in 2014. But who's coming back? More below!
Here's what Courson and Halpern said about Smiley's People:
“We are working on 'Smiley’s People' with Working Title. It’s still at the development stage - but, yes, the old team of Peter Straughan and Tomas Alfredson is back together. The same 'Tinker Tailor' actors whose characters would reappear are well aware of what we’re doing. We’re hopeful for a 2014 shoot.”
So Alfredson is back to direct, and the surviving characters from the first film will return for the sequel. When Oldman talked about sequels in 2011, he mentioned that Smiley's People and An Honourable Schoolboy, the final two chapters in what is called The Karla Trilogy (the series of three books beginning with Tinker, Tailor Soldier, Spy), just might get combined into one film. However, there was no confirmation of that details in this update. But while Smiley's People might be a couple years away from a release, another adaptation of John Le Carre's work is rounding up a cast for production.
In the same report, ScreenDaily mentions that Ewan McGregor is starring in an adaptation of Le Carre's contemporary book Our Kind of Traitor, which is looking to shoot this summer. Here's an official synopsis of the book for those not familiar with the story:
While on holiday in Antigua, former Oxford tutor Perry Makepiece and his lawyer girlfriend, Gail Perkins, meet Dmitri "Dima" Vladimirovich Krasnov, an avuncular Russian businessman who challenges Perry to a tennis match. Even though Perry wins, Dima takes a shine to the couple, and soon they're visiting with his extended family. At Dima's request, Perry conveys a message to MI6 in England that Dima wishes to defect, and on arriving home, Perry and Gail receive a summons from MI6 to a debriefing. Not only is Dima a Russian oligarch, he's also one of the world's biggest money launderers.
In addition, Ralph Fiennes and Mads Mikkelsen are currently in "advanced negotiations" to join the cast should their schedules allow. Mikkelsen would play Dima the money launderer while Fiennes is being lined up for the government fixer Hector Meredith. There's also a female role that has yet to be filled, but there aren't any names mentioned for that role just yet. With a script from Drive writer Hossein Amini and Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) directing, this sounds like one hell of a potential thriller, especially with Ewan McGregor in the lead. Hopefully we'll be hearing much more about these Le Carre adaptations soon.