Swedish helmer Tomas Alfredson, who scored great acclaim for last year’s coming of age vampire tale “Let the Right One In”, is turning his attention to a new adaptation of John Le Carre’s seminal Cold War novel “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” says the trades.
The story involves retired British intelligence officer George Smiley who is asked to return to his old agency to discover which of his former colleagues is a Russian spy.
A 1979 mini-series based on the property received great acclaim and starred Alec Guinness who shot the project between his work on “Star Wars” and “The Empire Strikes Back”.
Both it, and the Michael Caine-led Harry Palmer movies such as “The Ipcress File”, brought a realistic and downbeat tone to the espionage genre which up until that time had been dominated by the outlandish antics of the James Bond franchise.
Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce while Peter Morgan (“Frost/Nixon,” “The Queen”) adapted the script and will executive produce.
The project marks Alfredson’s English-language directing debut. Filming kicks off next year.