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Universal acquires domestic distribution rights to Tomas Alfredson’s TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

Ryan Mahoney

by: Ryan Mahoney
February 28th, 2011

Tomas Alfredson's TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY picked up by Universal

Universal Pictures has acquired the domestic distribution rights to a very hot property: Tomas Alfredson’s TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY.

Alfredson, the Swedish director responsible for the 2008 masterpiece LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, directed the tongue-twisting title that stars the always-fantastic Gary Oldman, recent Academy Award winner Colin Firth, and rising star Tom Hardy.

The film is currently in post-production, but a bidding war ensued in Berlin after buyers were shown several minutes of footage and given the script to Alfredson’s new film. The Weinstein Company and Summit Entertainment were interested in the film, but Universal Pictures placed the high bid with hopes to release the film in November or December of this year.

The film takes place during the Cold War where a retired intelligence expert (Oldman) is asked to find a Soviet mole working within MI6.

As cynical as I am, it’s very difficult to find something worth griping about here. Alfredson’s LET THE RIGHT ONE IN is one of the better films of the last few years, and all the lead actors have been extremely impressive as of late (especially Hardy in BRONSON).

Here’s to hoping the film lives up to my expectations and that Universal gives it a proper release.

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