Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sequel pressing ahead

News Simon Brew 12 Dec 2012 - 06:35

The plan to bring Smiley's People to the screen is still very much alive...

Last year's big screen take on John Le Carre's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy proved to be a sizeable critical and commercial success. It took just over $80m at the worldwide box office, and bagged a trio of Oscar nominations too. It's also, we've discovered, quite a divisive movie. We've met people who've outright loved it, we've met people who felt that they were supposed to love it, but really didn't. Whichever camp you fall into, though, it looks as if George Smiley - in the guise of Gary Oldman - is set to return to the big screen.

A follow-up was talked about the best part of a year ago, with the novel Smiley's People the logical source. And now, Collider has now spoken to producer Eric Fellner, who has revealed that "we are working on another one". He continued, saying "Tim Bevan is putting it together as we speak with Peter Straughan and Tomas Alfredson, so yes, it's in development".

Bevan produced the first film, Straughan co-penned the script, and Alfredson directed. As Fellner said of the first, "it did unbelievably well and it didn't cost hardly anything".

More news on the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy follow-up as we get it...

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'it didn't cost hardly anything' - So it cost a fortune then.

I'm in the latter camp where I felt the movie excelled at being underwhelming. There were some nice touches but I really didn't feel the tension that I guess I was supposed to feel.

I think it tried too hard to be 'period' and it ground the movie to a full stop.

Great acting and cast but was so slow and underwhelming, was so bored which was a shame as I'd been looking forward to it for ages :(

I felt the same way. It had all the right pieces and more than a few great scenes but just crept along too slowly. I'm still excited by the idea of a sequel though, if they pick up the pace a little it could be great.

I only liked it and understood it because I'd already read the book. People I spoke to who didn't like it were expecting a James Bond type spy film, which the George Smiley character is purposefully not like. They got the pace and style of the film spot on when compared to the book.

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