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It has been a pretty good decade or so for John le Carré fans looking for the spymaster's works on the big screen. The 2000s have seen "The Tailor Of Panama," "The Constant Gardner" and "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" hit theaters, with both "A Most Wanted Man" and "Our Kind Of Traitor" in post, while "Smiley's People" continues in development. And now, yet another work by the author is making its way to the multiplex. "The Departed" scribe William Monahan has been tapped to adapt le Carré's upcoming novel, "A Delicate Truth." Set to hit bookstores in a couple of weeks, the story centers on the execution and aftermath of a counter-terrorist operation. Here's the book synopsis from Amazon: A Delicate Truth opens in 2008. A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is being mounted on the British crown colony of Gibraltar. Its purpose: to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms-buyer. Its »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sir Alec Guinness's personal diaries and letters are to be made available to the public in 2014.
The British Library has obtained the personal archive of the late Oscar-winning actor, known for his roles in Star Wars and the Ealing comedies.
The archive will include over 100 volumes of diaries and letters charting his long career as an actor from the late 1930s up to his death in 2000.
It also chronicles his experience at war and the death of Sir Laurence Olivier.
An extract from his diary on July 12, 1989, the day after Sir Laurence's death, reads: "His 'I defy you, stars' in Romeo was memorable. And so was his Poor naked wretches etc in Lear. But his famous howl in Oedipus I thought just tiresome.
"He knew every trick of the trade and used every one, including, when he made his first entrance the lights coming up a few points and »
It's been over a year since Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy hit theaters in 2011, but before the film even had a wide release and buzz on the awards circuit, there was talk about the subtle, quiet spy thriller becoming a franchise. In September of 2011, Oldman theorized about which John Le Carre books might be adapted into films (or maybe even one film), and now word comes from ScreenDaily, after speaking with StudioCanal Chairman and CEO Olivier Courson and Ron Halpern from international productions and acquisitions, that the sequel Smiley's People is gearing up to begin shooting in 2014. But who's coming back? More below! Here's what Courson and Halpern said about Smiley's People: “We are working on 'Smiley’s People' with Working Title. It’s still at the development stage - but, yes, the old team of Peter Straughan and Tomas Alfredson is back together. The same 'Tinker Tailor' actors whose »
- Ethan Anderton
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
John Le Carre novels have always been ripe for Hollywood adaptation. Anton Corbijn (The American) is working on an adaptation of A Most Wanted Man, and a couple years ago we got Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which sadly was a bit of a disappointment. Hopefully, director Justin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders) will have more success with his adaptation of Le Carre's Our Kind of Traitor. The adaptation is moving in the right direction with Ralph Fiennes and Mads Mikkelsen signing on to co-star. Per Screen daily, "Ewan McGregor will star in the international spy thriller as one half of a couple who gets mixed up with a Russian oligarch and major money launderer (Mikkelsen). Caught up in his plans to defect, they are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service." Fiennes will play U.K. government fixer Hector Meredith. Jessica Chastain was rumored for the female lead back in November, »
- Matt Goldberg
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