In news that will excite anyone who likes film, Park Chan-wook is bringing an adaptation of 1983 John le Carré’s spy novel The Little Drummer Girl to television, with help from AMC and BBC.
The news, broken by The Daily Mail, will star British actress Florence Pugh in the leading role of the six-hour mini series. The synopsis is as follows:
Pugh, 21, will play Charlie — a young thespian who is recruited by an Israeli spy chief and persuaded to become a double agent. Her mission is to help track down Khalil, a shadowy Palestinian terrorist mastermind.
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The original novel was written by John le Carré, author of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Night Manager. Both of which have been successfully adapted to TV and Film. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy was directed by Tomas Alfredson in 2011, a Swedish director who brought his auteur sensibilities to the film starring Gary Oldman as George Smiley. A recent adaptation of The Night Manager came out in 2016 starring Tom Hiddleston and Hugh Laurie and aired on BBC and AMC.
Where it gets interesting for film fans is that Park Chan-wook is one of the true master directors in the modern era. His Vengeace trilogy 2003 masterpiece Oldboy is considered one the greatest modern foreign films, with last years critically acclaimed The Handmaiden.
This will only be his second foray into English language material. In 2013 he made Stoker, starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and Mia Wasikowska. The film could be interpreted as a remake of Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt, but the script, the performances and direction take the film into more unpleasant, unnerving and perverse areas. The cinematography is exquisite, and Mia Wasikowska is mesmerizing.
His filmmaking style leans towards exacting nature, obsessions ans unnerving almost perverted visuals. But they are quite frankly beautiful, Just have a look at this clip of the piano duet scene from Stoker.
According to The Daily Mail, The Little Drummer Girl is looking to film in early 2018, so it’s a safe bet to assume we will see this late 2018/early 2019.