Tomas Alfredson to Adapt Le Carre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

While Hollywood tries to remake his vampire horror movie “Let the Right One In” with those guys from “Cloverfield”, Swedish director Tomas Alfredson has already moved on to his next project: adapting the John Le Carre spy novel “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” for Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. The original novel was set in the aftermath of the cold war, and tells the tale of a spy-hunt within the highest echelons of the British Secret Intelligence Service.

THR says Peter Morgan (“Frost/Nixon,” “The Queen”) will do the actual adapting, while Alfredson will get ready to direct the film sometime next year. The book was previously adapted into a British TV series in the 1970s starring Alec Guinness as George Smiley, the retired former British intelligence officer called in to track down a double agent within the spy agency. The series co-starred Michael Jayston, Anthony Bate, George Sewell, and was directed by John Irvin.

Shooting on the adaptation is expected to start in 2010.