×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Modest budget brings challenges to ‘Tailor’

Eye on the Oscars: Best Picture - 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'

PRODUCER:
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo

ORIGINS:
“I had always wanted to make a movie about the Cold War, and I had always been a big fan of (John) le Carre — and that sort of spy with crumpled trousers and an old jacket, as opposed to James Bond,” says Working Title’s Bevan. “Peter Morgan had suggested ‘Tinker Tailor’ and le Carre said yes, as long as we make it in a way that was different from what had been done before.”

FUNDING:
“We have a deal with Universal, but they elected not to do this,” Bevan says. “Over the years, we had a relationship with Studiocanal, and they put up most of it. It was a relatively modest budget, around $20 million.”

HIGH HURDLES:
Making the film on such a budget had its challenges, says producer Slovo, but they were able to make it work with the help of a vast military barracks. “If anything, the hurdles were in post-production,” adds Bevan. “There’s one vision of ‘Tinker Tailor’ that’s a simple whodunit, but it’s also a very elliptical tale, and it was about finding that correct medium.”

DOMINO EFFECT:
“Who to cast as the iconic George Smiley?” asks Slovo. “As soon as (casting director) Jina Jay had suggested Gary Oldman, we all knew he was the one. Early on, (director) Tomas (Alfredson) met with Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and Mark Strong. We had built an ‘intelligence service’ of actors well before we started prep.”

More Scene

  • Donald Trump Chucky Childs Play

    'Child's Play' Stars on New Chucky's 'Creepy' Resemblance to Donald Trump

    At Wednesday night’s world premiere of the “Child’s Play” remake, it was obvious that evil doll Chucky — the star of seven films over three decades — had a little work done. And now he bears a striking resemblance to Donald Trump. “Oh, you caught that?” Aubrey Plaza asked Variety on the black carpet outside [...]

  • Cara Delevingne attends The Trevor Project's

    Cara Delevingne Recalls Producers Saying That Being Queer Will Hurt Her Career

    Hollywood may be celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month with displays of the rainbow flag and lots of talk about supporting diversity and inclusion, but Cara Delevingne says there’s still work to be done. “Behind closed doors, we are still being told, as I have, by powerful Hollywood producers that we can’t make it if we’re queer,” [...]

  • Kiernan Shipka and Ross LynchMTV Movie

    MTV Movie & TV Awards: What You Didn't See on TV

    Many of the biggest stars in movies and television — including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Kiernan Shipka, Sandra Bullock, Tessa Thompson and Brie Larson — came together to present and receive honors at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards, hosted by “Shazam!” star Zachary Levi. And while non-attendees are able to enjoy [...]

  • Dan Stevens

    'Legion' Star Dan Stevens Says His Character Would Fight Thanos, 'Wreak Havoc' in MCU

    Dan Stevens said his powerful, telepathic mutant Legion would do some serious damage if he ever crossed over from the eponymous FX series into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Legion would wreak havoc. He’d probably take on Thanos, let’s see that,” he told Variety on the red carpet at the premiere of the trippy, mind-bending superhero series [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content