Tomas Alfredson Set to Direct 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

July 9, 2009

Tomas Alfredson

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?

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A movie directed by Tomas Alfredson and written by Peter Morgan sounds like a great idea! Can't wait to see the result of this.

Andreas Climent on Jul 9, 2009


This sounds brilliant. Wonder how much, if any, of the kid's story will make it into the film.

immature on Jul 9, 2009


I hope they do this justice! The tv adaptation was awesome

TediusTed on Jul 9, 2009


Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - and it's sequel series, Smiley's People - is one of Alec Guiness' greatest ever performances, which is really saying something. it's a fantastic Cold War thriller, so I imagine that Alfredson might possibly update it, although he seems happy with the '80s, so why not the 70s? either way, it's good to see him not restricting himself to any particular genre. try and track down the BBC series if you haven't seen it - it's certainly not 24 (!), but it is superior stuff. not much in the way of Bayhem, but suspense, intrigue, twists and turns = highly satisfying.

lumière on Jul 9, 2009


oooo. i am very interested. that combination sounds great

dave13 on Jul 10, 2009

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