Variety has the news that AMC and BBC will try to recapture some of that Night Manager magic by teaming with Ink Factory and Paramount Television to adapt another of author John le Carré’s espionage classics, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.
A limited series to be written by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), the title will be a familiar one to fans of either le Carré or the Criterion Collection. Set in 1962, The Spy Who Came In From The Cold follows British Agent Alec Leamas who, in the wake of a botched double agent defection, is sent into deep cover for a final mission to frame an East German operative. It’s been adapted once before, with Richard Burton giving an all-time great performance.
The Night Manager was a tense, sexy, contemporary tale that lent itself well to a serialized limited series. The Spy Who Came In From The Cold is a different beast altogether, and it will be interesting to see how it’s retrofitted to AMC’s/BBC’s "television event" model. It’s also worth noting that featured prominently in le Carre’s story is one George Smiley. What are the odds the production can cast Gary Oldman and get a proper Smileyverse going? Fingers crossed!
Let's hope too that the series' advertising will, as did the 1965 film, eschew false modesty.