The film draws on the novel to give clues about the conspiracy at the heart of the story, whilst delivering an impressionistic portrait of the writer and his creative process. Conjuring the atmosphere and suspense of the novel, without taking anything away from the reader’s imagination, was a challenge embraced by the film-maker.
‘John le Carré has been innovating in his writing for fifty years, and I wanted to carry this spirit forward into the film by pushing the concept of a book trailer. My desire was to make something that draws you in and gives you an indelible sense of the world of the novel. At the same time, I wanted to preserve the experience of reading the book itself.’
Kim Gehrig, Director
To render the atmosphere and tension unique to the book, an award-winning team was assembled, including James Foster (Art Director on Skyfall), Andy Shelley and Stephen Griffiths (Sound Editors on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Mark Paterson (The Oscar-winning Sound Mixer on Les Miserables). The film was produced by The Ink Factory, the company behind the forthcoming adaptation of A Most Wanted Man starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, and SomeSuch & Co. the leading commercials production house.
The film will premier on Thursday 25 April to coincide with the release of the UK hardback.