You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Focus sets ‘Tinker, Tailor’ for November

Focus takes over Tomas Alfredson's Cold War tale from Universal

Universal Pictures’ specialty division Focus Features will handle U.S. distribution for Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and release the Cold War tale wide on Nov. 18, in the heart of awards season.

“The Dark Knight Rises” duo of Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy star alongside recent Oscar winner Colin Firth, as well as Mark Strong, Ciaran Hinds, Stephen Graham and “War Horse” thesp Benedict Cumberbatch.

Bridget O’Connor and Peter Straughan adapted John Le Carre’s espionage novel, which follows George Smiley (Oldman), a veteran spy pulled out of semi-retirement to ferret out a Soviet agent in MI6. Focus previously distribbed another Le Carre adaptation, “The Constant Gardener,” in 2005.

In a shrewd counterprogramming move, Focus has positioned the prestige pic against Summit Entertainment’s cash cow “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1” and Warner Bros.’ animated tentpole “Happy Feet 2 in 3D.”

StudioCanal fully financed the film, which was produced by Working Title, a company that has a first-look deal with Universal. Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner produced with Robyn Slovo, while Peter Morgan, Doug Urbanski, Liza Chasin, Debra Hayward and Le Carre exec produced.

Universal picked up the project out of Berlin, where it was one of the most buzzed-about titles on the market, with the Weinstein Co. and Summit Entertainment in hot pursuit.

More Film

  • Anything

    Film Review: 'Anything'

    Universal Pictures’ specialty division Focus Features will handle U.S. distribution for Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and release the Cold War tale wide on Nov. 18, in the heart of awards season. “The Dark Knight Rises” duo of Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy star alongside recent Oscar winner Colin Firth, as well as Mark […]

  • Empty movie theater

    First U.S. Samsung LED Cinema Screen Debuts at Pacific Theaters Winnetka in Chatsworth

    Universal Pictures’ specialty division Focus Features will handle U.S. distribution for Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and release the Cold War tale wide on Nov. 18, in the heart of awards season. “The Dark Knight Rises” duo of Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy star alongside recent Oscar winner Colin Firth, as well as Mark […]

  • Stephen King The Tommyknockers

    Universal Wins Rights for Stephen King's 'Tommyknockers' Movie

    Universal Pictures’ specialty division Focus Features will handle U.S. distribution for Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and release the Cold War tale wide on Nov. 18, in the heart of awards season. “The Dark Knight Rises” duo of Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy star alongside recent Oscar winner Colin Firth, as well as Mark […]

  • WGA Writers Contract Talks

    Writers Guild Seeks to Reshape Talent Agency Business in Proposed Deal

    Universal Pictures’ specialty division Focus Features will handle U.S. distribution for Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and release the Cold War tale wide on Nov. 18, in the heart of awards season. “The Dark Knight Rises” duo of Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy star alongside recent Oscar winner Colin Firth, as well as Mark […]

  • UTA

    UTA Promotes Eight Coordinators to Agent

    Universal Pictures’ specialty division Focus Features will handle U.S. distribution for Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and release the Cold War tale wide on Nov. 18, in the heart of awards season. “The Dark Knight Rises” duo of Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy star alongside recent Oscar winner Colin Firth, as well as Mark […]

  • Ballers Season 2 HBO

    Film News Roundup: California Production Tax Credit Extension Moving Forward

    Universal Pictures’ specialty division Focus Features will handle U.S. distribution for Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and release the Cold War tale wide on Nov. 18, in the heart of awards season. “The Dark Knight Rises” duo of Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy star alongside recent Oscar winner Colin Firth, as well as Mark […]

  • Brandon Gregory

    Brandon Gregory Joins Third Coast Content

    Universal Pictures’ specialty division Focus Features will handle U.S. distribution for Tomas Alfredson’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” and release the Cold War tale wide on Nov. 18, in the heart of awards season. “The Dark Knight Rises” duo of Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy star alongside recent Oscar winner Colin Firth, as well as Mark […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content