LONDON — Working Title has tapped Swedish helmer Tomas Alfredson to direct its adaptation of John Le Carre’s classic spy tale “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.”
Peter Morgan, who worked with Working Title on “Frost/Nixon,” has written the script and will exec produce with Le Carre, Debra Hayward and Liza Chasin.
Working Title co-toppers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce. Lensing starts next year.
The story involves a retired British intelligence officer who is asked to return to his old agency to discover which of his former colleagues is a Russian spy.
The BBC made it into a TV miniseries, starring Alec Guinness, in 1979. It aired Stateside as part of PBS’ “Great Performances” series in 1980.
Pic will mark Alfredson’s English-language directing debut.
Alfredson’s vampire pic “Let the Right One In” won best narrative feature at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. The English-language remake rights have been acquired by Hammer Films, with “Cloverfield” helmer Matt Reeves attached to direct.