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Tomas Alfredson's Adaptation of TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY To Be Released This Fall By Universal!

Nordling here.

I've been anxiously awaiting Tomas Alfredson's follow-up to LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, and it's a pretty big project: an adaptation of John Le Carre's classic Cold War spy novel TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, and Ciaran Hinds.  That's a hell of a cast and considering Alfredson's previous work, this film shoots up the list of most anticipated films to see.  The film, currently in post-production, was written by Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan.  Gary Oldman plays George Smiley, and considering he's a prominent character in many Le Carre novels I'd imagine if this film is successful we would see more of him in the role.

According to Deadline, Universal has scooped up distribution rights to the film and intend to release it this late fall.  It sounds like they must be releasing this for end-of-the-year awards consideration, and with a cast like that and a property like Le Carre's novel, I can't say I blame them.  As far as Gary Oldman is concerned, I think it would be amazing if he got recognized for his many roles and work.  He's done all kinds of performances - restrained, outlandish, over-the-top, quiet, and heroic.  With George Smiley an addition to his character catalog, I expect this film's going to knock our collective socks off.  We'll see this November-December.

Nordling, out.

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  • Feb. 28, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST


    by WhatTheHellHappenedToMe


  • Feb. 28, 2011, 8:47 p.m. CST


    by WhatTheHellHappenedToMe

    Eulogize her epic boobs NOW

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST


    by Jon Brand


  • Feb. 28, 2011, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Le Carre is awesome

    by Rebel Scumb

    T,T,S,S is one of his best to.

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 9:07 p.m. CST

    It'll be interesting to see what Oldman does...

    by Lobanhaki2

    ...with the character that Alec Guinness originally did in the miniseries adaptation. Will they make a period film out of it?

  • Feb. 28, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    The day he wins his first Oscar: "I'd like to thank

    by Fuzzyjefe


  • Feb. 28, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST


    by CarboneHed

    This cast is the tits! Can't wait for this one.

  • March 1, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST

    standing ovation for Oldman

    by TheSeeker7

    I think it's an almost certainty that when Gary Oldman finally wins his long overdue Best Actor oscar, he'll have every damn member in that building standing on their feet. If Penn and Scorcese can, surely for Gary.

  • March 1, 2011, 12:30 a.m. CST

    The older Oldman, (as in Batman) is actually a great choice

    by V'Shael

    to play Smiley. I still think Alec Guinness defined the role, but Oldman is an excellent choice.

  • March 1, 2011, 12:50 a.m. CST

    by Omar B

    Can't wait, Lecarre rules!

  • March 1, 2011, 1:29 a.m. CST

    It is period

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    not modern day, finished filming before christmas, Oldman looks fantastic as Smiley.

  • Can you assuage my one fear about a project like this? The book and miniseries were both, to be blunt, on the slow side. They're not what we'd call thrillers in the jason bourne mold. If anything, it's talk-intensive. I have my doubts that Hollywood wouldn't demand, I don't know, car chases and explosions and stuff. Any idea how faithful it is to the source material?

  • March 1, 2011, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Another remake?

    by Gozu

    JEEZ! Just kidding, all's you have to say it's directed by the same guy who did "Let the Right One In" and I'm there.

  • March 1, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST

    "gary oldman in the role of a lifetime"

    by durhay

  • March 1, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    The Firthster

    by AllieJamison

    I can't wait to look into Colin Firth's puppy face again. Really wondering how this turns out. Sounds so promising...

  • March 1, 2011, 11:27 a.m. CST

    by Omar B

    The old miniseries being slow is deliberate. LeCarre's writing tends to be slow and deliberate at times. Hell, he's the only person that can write 500+ page spy novels with no action scenes where everything takes place in dialogue and it's still riveting. I have a hard time imagining them adding stuff (except maybe in memories of Karla). But it does set up an interesting situatiion since TTSS is the first part of a trilogy so I wonder if they'll focus on the book's mouse-hunt within Whitehall and keep the Karla stuff more background ... since the series main villain only shows up for real in the last chapter of Smiley's People (except in people's memories). Oh, and I have a hard time imagining Oldman as Smiley, though I can see him pulling off an interesting interpretation.

  • March 1, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Gary Oldman as Smiley? That seems weird.

    by Royston Lodge

    Smiley's supposed to be an average, nondescript sort of guy that you wouldn't look twice at if you saw him on the street. Oldman's got way too much charisma to play Smiley, doesn't he?

  • March 1, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Alec Guiness played Smiley

    by larry burbridge

    and very well.

  • March 1, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    can remakes of Harry Palmer be far behind?

    by larry burbridge

  • March 1, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    I've got a diamond hardon for this shit!!

    by Dark Doom

    Fuck, I've got both BBC's DVD's of the Smiley Trilogy (only two got filmed). Out standing work, and Oldman will rock this shit. Le Carre was in the Brits foreign office so this shit is real, fuck Bond, Fuck Bourne, Smiley is the mutherfuckin Pimp master. Oh God I hope it does well and I'll get to see "Smiley's People" too.

  • March 1, 2011, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Michael Caine would make an awesome Smiley also

    by Rebel Scumb

    But I think Oldman will do well, I wonder if he gained weight for this. Smiley is suppose to be quite pudgy, and Oldman is pretty thin But he is a camelon so I'm sure he dissappeared into the role as usual

  • March 2, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    "Oh God I hope it does well and I'll get to see "Smiley's People" too."

    by buggerbugger

    They'll change the title; too many dumb cinema-goers will think it's a comedy with a title like that. "I went to see Smiley People, it wasn't funny at all..."