After Success Of The Night Manager, Is There Another John Le Carre Adaptation Coming?

Credit: BBCOne
Credit: BBCOne

With the success of this year’s The Night Manager, there is news that the BBC are looking to repeat the winning formula (and they clearly know a good thing when they’re on to it), taking on some more John Le Carré’s works, starting with his 1963 breakthrough novel The Spy Who Came in From The Cold.

The Ink Factory, run by Le Carré’s two sons Stephen and Simon Cornwell, have announced that they are teaming up with Paramount to begin developing the novel for another television series.

The Spy Who Came in From The Cold is almost a cult classic in the spy-thriller genre and tells the story of Alec Leamas, a veteran British spy tasked with bringing down one of the most senior figures in the East German Intelligence Service. It has also been a film starring Richard Burton back in 1965.

Of the new project Simon Cornwell said: “On the heels of The Night Manager, we look forward to developing a further le Carré novel for a global television audience. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold is one of the greatest espionage stories ever told. We are thrilled to be embarking on this extraordinary creative journey.”

With the resounding success of The Night Manager catapulting star Tom Hiddleston into the American public’s view, the role of Leamas is set to become one of the most coveted as the project moves along. The new production is hoping to use the same crew as for The Night Manager, which picked up twelve Emmy nominations last month.

Danish director Susanne Bier is believed to be in talks to direct for a second time, while the author’s sons have again been confirmed as executive producers, alongside Stephen Garrett, and Le Carré himself.

For The Night Manager, Le Carré allowed changes to be made to the material, including turning one key figure into a woman, but it remains to be seen if that will happen this time round.

Given the popularity and multiple Emmy nominations of the BBCOne/AMC co-production of John Le Carré’s The Night Manager, it’s little wonder there is also talk of a second series. The latest news is that BBCOne is in talks with The Ink Factory for a second series based on the characters. It would be the first time Le Carré has allowed an adaptation that goes beyond the world of the original work.  

While details of whether this will ever get off the ground are sketchy, we do know that Le Carré said that he had not written a follow-up novel, so it is not known who will pen material for any future episodes.

For fans of Le Carré, his next release will be his memoirs, The Pigeon Tunnel, which will be published in September.

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