Swedish director Tomas Alfredson has signed on to direct an adaptation of John Le Carré’s Cold War spy novel, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, for Working Title Films.
Alfredson, director of vampire movie Let The Right On In, will start shooting next year. It will be his first English-language film.
Oscar-nominated screenwriter Peter Morgan, who previously worked with Working Title on Frost/Nixon, is writing the film and also acting as executive producer,
The feature will be produced by Working Title’s co-chairman Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, with Le Carré, Debra Hayward and Liza Chasin are also executive producing.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy tells the story of a retired British intelligence officer who is asked to seek out one of the men – a Russian spy - in the senior ranks of his old agency. It was made into a BAFTA-winning and Emmy nominated TV series, starring Alec Guinness, in the Seventies.
Bevan said: “The timing is right for a new screen version of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier,Spy so it’s great for us to be able to continue our creative collaboration with Peter Morgan on this and to have Tomas onboard who we’ve no doubt will bring a unique vision to the material.”
Alfredson added: “It is both satisfactory and uplifting to make my debut in the English language in the good company of Peter Morgan and Tim Bevan.”
Alfredson, who is a former member of comedy troupe Killingganget, won the Best Narrative Feature award at the Tribeca Film Festival for horror film Let The Right One In. He also made award-winning short film Screwed in Tallinn and the 2005 film Four Shades of Brown.