Universal to Distribute TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY Starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, and Mark Strong

     February 28, 2011


Universal Pictures has picked up the domestic distribution rights to Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of John Le Carre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.  The Cold War thriller centers on semi-retired agent George Smiley (Gary Oldman) who is pulled out of semi-retirement to ferret out a Soviet mole within MI6.  The film has an impressive cast that also includes Oscar-winner Colin Firth (great to write that), Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, John Hurt and Toby Jones.

According to Deadline, the film (which is Alfredson’s follow-up to Let the Right One In) was a hot project at the Berlin Film Festival, but Universal chose to exercise its first-look option and snatch the project away from a bidding war between The Weinstein Company and Summit Entertainment.  Oldman reportedly gives a “tour de force” performance in the film, which is currently in post-production.  Universal is said to be eyeing a November/December release for the film, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it plays at the Toronto International Film Festival.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of Le Carre’s novel.

Here’s the synopsis for John Le Carre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy:

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. [Amazon]


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