It was one of the most successful series of 2016, garnering its three stars three of its five Golden Globe awards as well as a slew of other awards across several countries. Now The Night Manager, adapted from the novel of the same name by John le Carré, is even closer to having a second series reveals a show insider.
The Co-BBC/AMC partnered series starred Tom Hiddleston as Johnathon Pine – a hotelier and ex Brisith serviceman who is recruited by the British Government to infiltrate a very viscious arms dealer, Richard Roper played by Hugh Laurie. Olivia Coleman plays Angela Burr who is intrinsic in getting Pine to go undercover.
Hiddleston took out the Golden Globe for Best Actor, while Laurie and Coleman won for Best Supporting Actor and Actress. Director Susan Bier won for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special and David Farr collected the prize for Outstanding Writing in the same category.
When we left the original series Roper was being driven away after his irate buyers overthrew the guards, and of courses his fate is never actually revealed. Jed (Elizabeth Debicki) heads to the USA to see her son and we are also left wondering what Pine’s future holds.
As le Carré never wrote a follow up, the writing team have to create a new series story arc based on the facts as we have them.
Bier has said that the script is “in development” and the insider has revealed that while fans will have to wait to see what would happen, “We’re working on a new story. We always knew something would happen after Richard Roper stepped into that van”.
Hiddleston has repeatedly denied knowing what is happening in terms of the script or if the production is going ahead, but he has always been vague with rumoured projects until something official is announced.
The biggest problem would be working on a filming schedule that allows the three stars to return to the series; it would be a brave move to make a second series using new characters and not utilising the incredible talents, and not to mention pulling power, of Hiddleston, Laurie and Coleman.
Bier said in an interview with Broadcast earlier this month that “We all very much want to do a season two but the thing we absolutely do not want is to do something that does not live up to the level of season one,” adding “That would be a really bad idea.”
We will keep our super sleuth ears to the ground and as soon as we have any more concrete evidence one way or the other we’ll let you know.