Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy hasn’t been seen by very many people here in my home of the U.S. of A, but it premiered at the Venice Film Festival to a whole lot of acclaim, and it’s already been released in the UK where it has been dominating the box office, so it’s probably time for the rest of the world to start getting geared up for its roll out to other countries over the next couple of months.
If you haven’t seen the trailer for the movie yet, it’s a Cold War-Era espionage story based off of a book by John le Carré starring Gary Oldman as a spy named George Smiley. The film is directed by Tomas Alfedson (Let the Right One In), and it’s got a supporting cast that boasts names like Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and Benedict Cumberbatch, among others. Given all of that pedigree put together in one place, I’m kind of feeling like I don’t even need to see the movie to already be excited for a sequel. And according to a story in The Guardian, one might soon be on its way.
You see, the character of George Smiley shows up in eight le Carré novels, so this thing could go on for a while. When asked about the idea of playing Smiley a few more times, Oldman said, “I loved playing George, and there are of course films to be made of le Carré’s other books featuring George, with ‘Smiley’s People’ and ‘The Honourable Schoolboy’ being the obvious ones. But I would insist on quite a few factors, such as I would really want Tomas Alfredson to direct it again.”
Will they be able to get Alfredson back? Well, The Guardian also claims to have a source with StudioCanal that says they’re banking on these le Carré novels to be their first big franchise, and an announcement of some sort regarding the future is expected to come out of Paris next week. Could they have already gotten a sequel green-lit just due to strong UK ticket sales? I guess we’ll have to wait a week to see. And I’ll have to wait until December 9th to see the first dang movie. Life is tough sometimes.