Universal Pictures Acquires TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDER, SPY

Tinker Tailor Solder Spy

Universal Pictures has acquired domestic distribution rights to TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDER, SPY, according to Deadline.com.

They’re getting a great deal, too, considering who’s attached to the film. The Tomas Alfredson-directed adaptation of the John Le Carre novel stars brand new Oscar winner Colin Firth, as well as Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong and Ciaran Hinds.

The story is set during the Cold War and is about a retired espionage vet named George Smiley (Oldman), who is pulled out of semi-retirement to ferret out a Soviet agent in MI6. While most are eager to see the performances from King’s Speech star Firth and Inception and Dark Knight Rises star Hardy, word is that the film is a tour de force for Oldman.

Universal and Studiocanal confirmed the deal, but would not divulge the price. Reportedly the project was one of the hottest titles shopped in Berlin. Prospective buyers were allowed to watch several minutes of footage and read the script for Afredson’s follow-up to Let the Right One In.

Studiocanal COO Olivier Courson said in a statement:

“I am very happy with this agreement, Universal is the natural home for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and it’s always a pleasure for us to work with our long-time partner. We are thrilled that the film assembled such an incredible cast with Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy, the director Tomas Alfredson and talented producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner at Working Title.”

Rodolphe Buet, Studiocanal’s Executive Vice President International Distribution added:

“The great reaction from all buyers to the first footage we screened in Berlin made us all very happy. We sold a lot of territories very quickly, and now having Universal on board with a wide release commitment for the US is really a great achievement.”

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