Out of all the movies I had high hopes for in 2011, Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was easily one of my biggest disappointments. I desperately wanted to like the film, but found it so completely dry and inert that I simply could not get invested in it. Even now as I think about it, I feel like it was more my fault than the movie’s fault and I want to give it another chance. However, in the meantime, it appears that we may again see Gary Oldman return to his Oscar-nominated role as George Smiley in the near future. A sequel to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is reportedly in development and will likely draw from another John le Carre novel featuring the character.
The good folks over at Collider recently had a chance to speak with producer Eric Fellner during a press day for Les Miserables. Here’s what he had to say about a sequel to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy:
“We are working on another one. [Producer] Tim Bevan is putting it together as we speak with [screenwriter] Peter Straughan and Tomas Alfredson, so yes it’s in development… It did unbelievably well and it didn’t cost hardly anything… But things take time. Tim is passionate about making sure we do another one.”
Although he didn’t reveal what the source material might be, the general belief is that they will base it on Smiley’s People, the third in a trilogy that revolves around Smiley. It was previously adapted for the BBC and starred Alec Guinness, who also played George Smiley in the 1979 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy mini-series. I’m not quite sure why in both cases they would choose to skip over the second book, The Honourable Schoolboy, but perhaps it is because it takes place in Hong Kong.
There are also a couple of other Le Carre adaptations in the works including A Most Wanted Man, directed by Anton Corbijn and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Our Kind of Traitor, which is being helmed by Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) and will apparently star Mads Mikkelsen. Are you excited about a possible sequel to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy?