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Sunday, 12 May 2013

A Most Wanted Author

I imagine quite a few authors would give their eye-teeth to be in John Le Carré’s shoes. Four of his books are in film production at the same time!

1. William Monahan is in talks with The Ink Factory and BBC Films to adapt Le Carré’s latest, A Delicate Truth into a feature film.

2. Ewan McGregor, Ralph Fiennes and Mads Mikkelsen are in Our Kind of Traitor, filming later this year.

3. Already in the can is Anton Corbin’s version of A Most Wanted Man with Philip Seymour Hoffman starring.

4. And plans are already afoot for Gary Oldman to don the guise of George Smiley again for Smiley’s People.

Le Carré has had 18 films made from his novels since he began writing in 1961. The most recent was Tinker, Taylor starring Oldman.

Le Carré is reported to have joked, ‘At this point I could write the telephone directory and get money for it.’ Not an original allusion – it was used many years back for Stephen King! Several of his books are still in my (long) list of favourite novels.

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