While we’ll have to wait see if the team behind “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” ever gets the sequel “Smiley’s People” going, it looks like fans of John Le Carré have another adaptation to look forward to.
Variety reports that Justin Kurzel, the director behind the unnerving Aussie thriller “Snowtown,” is set to direct “Our Kind Of Traitor.” And it certainly sounds very promising. Hossein Amini (“Drive,” “Snow White And The Huntsman“) has penned the tale that follows an English couple who get mixed up with a Russian businessman who turns out to be an oligarch, and one of the world’s biggest money launderers. They get caught up in his plans to defect and are soon positioned between the Russian Mafia and the British Secret Service, neither of whom they can trust.
With a story that spans London, Paris, Moscow and Tangiers, this will certainly have a much larger scope than the macro “Snowtown.” But if there is anything that Kurzel can do, it’s ratchet up the tension. No matter what you might have thought of the end result, there’s no denying his serial killer flick was one by a director firmly in control of his craft, and we’re pretty excited to see him step up his game. Before he gets to this, he’ll shoot his segment in the all-Aussie omnibus “The Turning,” but if financing and talent lines up the way it should, ‘Traitor’ will roll this fall.