Universal acquires Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

From DHD – Universal Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to the latest adaptation of John Le Carre’s classic tale of Cold War espionage, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Talent is just dripping off this movie, which stars Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, and Ciaran Hinds – and if that’s not enough to make you ga-ga, Tomas Alfredson is directing, hot off his gorgeous and complex work in Let the Right One In. On top of which, the project was produced by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title fame.

I’ll admit, when I first heard about this project I was dubious – after all, the original BBC miniseries is a legend in its own right, starring the incomparable Alec Guiness as George Smiley and Patrick Stewart as his nemesis, Karla (sheer geek bliss), not to mention the last time a fantastic miniseries was converted to the big screen – State of Play – the movie was decidedly lacking compared to the original. But now, looking at that list of talent, I am SOLD.

Story follows George Smiley (Oldman), an espionage vet who is pulled from his semi-retirement to ferret out a Soviet agent in MI6.

Universal is eying a November/December release date for the picture.

Book Jacket:

A modern classic in which John le Carré expertly creates a total vision of a secret world, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy begins George Smiley’s chess match of wills and wits with Karla, his Soviet counterpart.

It is now beyond doubt that a mole, implanted decades ago by Moscow Centre, has burrowed his way into the highest echelons of British Intelligence. His treachery has already blown some of its most vital operations and its best networks. It is clear that the double agent is one of its own kind. But which one? George Smiley is assigned to identify him. And once identified, the traitor must be destroyed