At last report Working Title were still keen on producing a film adaptation of John le Carre's "Smiley's People," the sequel to 2011's acclaimed adaptation of the stone cold literary classic "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy."
Now, around two-and-a-half years since its release, the first film's star Gary Oldman sounds resigned to the fact that the project has lost momentum and by the time they are ready to do it, the market will no longer be interested. The actor tells Collider:
"I would like to... There was talk of Smiley’s People, and then it all kind of... So, I'd like to do another. Yeah. I'll get him.
But [Director Tomas] Alfredson is now doing something again with Working Title. I think he at least wanted to make' they wanted him to sort of almost do back-to-back, and he said, "I don't know, I want to do something else first, or do something in my own language." Because you forget that he's Swedish.
So, who knows? If there's a market for it. Today, we would be having this conversation about making it long-form television. $26 million. You're not going to get $26 million for 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' in this current market."
The 2011 film was shot for $21 million and managed to earn $80 million at the global box-office.