Alfredson On “Tinker, Tailor” Sequel Plans

With the recent film adaptation of John Le Carre’s Cold War espionage thriller “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier Spy” already garnering awards buzz and strong box-office overseas, director Tomas Alfredson and scribe Peter Straughan have just confirmed that early discussions are already underway for the sequel – “There are ideas, and plans, and intentions. John Le Carre’s quite keen” Alfredson tells The Playlist.

‘Tinker’ is the first book in Le Carre’s so-called Karla trilogy, the other two being “The Honourable Schoolboy” and “Smiley’s People”. ‘Schoolboy’ however is much more a side adventure focusing on a side character whereas ‘People’ is a more direct follow-up.

Back in the 70’s after the success of the ‘Tinker’ mini-series adaptation with Alec Guinness, the network essentially skipped ‘Schoolboy’ – cribbing some relevant elements from it onto their mini-series adaptation of “Smiley’s People”. According to Alfredson, that also seems to be the plan here.

“The obvious choice would be ‘Smiley’s People’. “The second book in the trilogy is ‘The Honourable Schoolboy’ but it’s set entirely in Hong Kong, and George Smiley’s not a major character in it, but it might be possible to take some material from that and combine it into ‘Smiley’s People’ in the sequel.”

‘Tinker’ hits U.S. cinemas on December 9th, Australian cinemas on January 25th, and will be on DVD & Blu-ray in the UK on January 30th.