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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy film remake

TinkerTailorSoldierSpy.jpgJohn Le Carré's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was made into a television series in 1979 starring the cinematic great Alec Guinness, yes he did do films other than Star Wars. Now the film is set to be remade by Hollywood into a feature film.

What's more is the talent behind it, just reading the scriptwriter and directors names and I'm more than excited about the project.

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) is the story of Geoge Smiley, a retired spy who used to work for an organisation called The Circus. One day he walks into his living room to find a friend from the organisation who takes him to the home of an advisor to the Prime Minister where he is told that one of his old team members was, and still is, a Russian spy.

Smiley is asked to track down the ex-colleague without any official help, and so Smiley returns to his job for one last time, returning to all the methods he used to use.

It was a great series that actually won two BAFTA's, one for Alec Guinness' performance, and normally I would be rather annoyed at this news, but there are a number of positive factors for this adaptation. The first is that it's a British production with the successful Working Title behind it.

Secondly the director is Tomas Alfredson of the excellent Let The Right One In (Filmstalker review), which you may agree has all the style needed for this type of film, despite the huge genre differences.

Thirdly the adaptation is going to be written by the excellent writer Peter Morgan.

Now once you add all that together you can start to see that there's something rather different from this adaptation and that it might just offer us something a little more positive than the average remake, and maybe it will leave the original Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy just where it is.

Alfredson also said through the Screen Daily article that:

"It is both satisfactory and uplifting to make my debut in the English language in the good company of Peter Morgan and Tim Bevan."

I like that rather understated comment there, something that befits his character and indeed the character of the film. I really think this could turn out to be a march made in heaven.



Simon Russell Beale has been doing the radio plays of The Complete Smiley at Radio 4 at the moment, they really should think of casting him as George Smiley, as he is perfect for it.


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