Tomas Alfredson‘s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (2011) will be distributed in the United States by Universal Studios. The script for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy was written by Peter Morgan “adapted the novel of the same name by John Le Carre. The cold war-era tale stars Gary Oldman as a former MI:6 operative [George Smiley] who comes out of retirement to ferret out a [Soviet] mole in the intelligence organization. [Colin Firth,] Benedict Cumberbatch, Ciaran Hinds, Mark Strong, Svetlana Khodchenko, Toby Jones, John Hurt, Stephen Graham and Kathy Burke all appear in the film”. Universal Studios secured the rights to distribute Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy over other film distributors like The Weinstein Company and Summit Entertainment.
The project was one of the hottest titles shopped in Berlin, where buyers watched several minutes of footage and read the script for Afredson’s follow-up to Let the Right One In. I’m told that Universal, through its first look deal with Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, had a first look that it initially didn’t exercise. Then the picture got hot, with The Weinstein Company and Summit Entertainment chasing it hard. I’ve heard the bidding was in the vicinity of $5 million for domestic rights before Universal swooped in and took the project off the table. Studiocanal, which fully financed the film, will distribute in the UK, France and Germany and is handling international sales throughout the rest of the world. Bevan and Fellner produce with Robyn Slovo, with Liza Chasin, Le Carre, Peter Morgan, Douglas Urbanski and Debra Hayward exec producing.
Beginning in September 2011 Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy will released in Europe in theaters. “Universal is eyeing a November or December release for the picture, which is in post production.”