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Marrakech Interview: Tomas Alfredson On "Slow Cooking," The 'Tinker Tailor' Sequel And Staying In Sweden

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • December 10, 2013 11:04 AM
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A little like being told not to think of an elephant, when the small group of press who got to meet Tomas Alfredson at the Marrakech Film Festival was asked in advance not to ask about his next project, it was pretty much all any of us could think about. The “Let the Right One In” and “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” director has long been attached to an adaptation of “The Brothers Lionheart,” a children’s fantasy story by beloved Swedish author Astrid Lindgren (who also created Pippi Longstocking), and the version of the film that he was putting together was at one point rumored to have the highest ever budget for a Scandinavian film. Which is perhaps why Alfredson is a little gunshy about talking about it—in fact he told us that he doesn’t like to speak about projects before they are 100% financed and set in stone, so perhaps there’s still a question mark hovering there?

Tomas Alfredson's 'Brothers Lionheart' Set To Become Most Expensive Scandinavian Movie Ever, Targeted For Christmas 2014 Release

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2013 10:49 AM
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After the release of his elegant period spy thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," which received critical raves and solid box office, it was a big question of what Tomas Alfredson would do next. The director, who made a splash with his Swedish vampire movie "Let the Right One In," had a number of potential projects on the docket (including a potential Smiley sequel), and has finally settled on one – an adaptation of Astrid Lindgren's beloved 1973 children's fantasy novel "The Brothers Lionheart." What's more – the film looks to be the most expensive Scandinavian film in history, and a holiday 2014 release date has been set. Sounds magical!

Ralph Fiennes & Mads Mikkelsen Lining Up 'Our Kind Of Traitor,' 'Tinker Tailor' Sequel 'Smiley's People' May Shoot Next Year

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2013 10:44 AM
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Some very good news for fans of John Le Carré or just smart spy films in general that don't end with the hero booby trapping his house in an overly elaborate and kind of stupid plan to capture an international criminal: two books by the master of the genre are on their way to the big screen, and one of them is a sequel we thought might have been left for dead.

'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Director Tomas Alfredson Planning 'The Brothers Lionheart'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2012 8:39 AM
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Despite the critical acclaim and modest box office success of "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," director Tomas Alfredson hasn't been attached to many -- or any -- movies in the way you might expect. His name was briefly on the shortlist for "Catching Fire" and his adaptation of Philip Reeves' "Larklight" is still brewing, though when we spoke with him at the end of last year, he wasn't sure where on his schedule that might be. But it seems another project has caught his attention, one based on a book, and the helmer quietly hit Cannes earlier in the month to drum up interest.

It Looks Like Francis Lawrence Is Going To Direct 'Catching Fire'; Tomas Alfredson, Joe Cornish, Duncan Jones & Cary Fukunaga Were Also Shortlisted

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 19, 2012 9:31 PM
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...and then there was one. The hunt for the director to take the helm of "Catching Fire" looks to be nearing an end. Just a couple days after we reported that Francis Lawrence and Bennett Miller were in the hunt for the job, it now looks like Lionsgate has decided on their man.

Tomas Alfredson Says There Is "Something Dishonest" About Matt Reeves' 'Let Me In' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2012 12:18 PM
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Last we heard from Tomas Alfredson, he was relatively cool with Matt Reeves' "Let Me In," a remake of the director's cult hit "Let The Right One In." “I haven’t seen it,” Alfredson told us in December. “It was a little disturbing when I first heard about it because I think I was still working on marketing my own version. So it was a little quick. It’s a very personal thing to be working with a book for several years. You think it’s your own and you fight for it a lot and then to be hearing about someone else dancing with your girlfriend, it’s strange. But I heard that it’s a good film and that they did a great job, so it’s no hard feelings. I will see it." But it seems his feelings on the matter may have hardened a bit.

'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' & 'Drive' Lead London Film Critics Nominations

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 20, 2011 3:02 PM
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The London Film Critics' Circle has released their nominees this morning, with some surprising frontrunners. Tomas Alfredson's Cold War thriller "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" and Nicolas Winding Refn's pulpy blast "Drive" were the top nominees, with six nominations apiece, while Lynne Ramsay's chilling "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and Asghar Farhadi's emotionally devastating "A Separation" each picked up five nominations. Steve McQueen's sex addiction drama "Shame" and indie black-and-white silent thingee "The Artist" each secured four nominations. Sadly "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star," was, again, overlooked.

Tomas Alfredson Hasn't Seen 'Let Me In' Yet But Has No Hard Feelings; Says 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Sequel Needs To Have A Great Idea

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • December 9, 2011 12:58 PM
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2009’s vampire tale “Let the Right One In,” an adaptation of the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist, was the polar opposite of the current vampire craze, a quiet, atmospheric and beautifully shot piece of cinema. Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s chilling take bears no resemblance to the likes of “Twilight” or “True Blood,” comparing favorably instead with cinematic classics “Rosemary’s Baby” or “The Shining.”

Colin Firth Says That The Filmmakers Struggled To Cut 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Down From Three-And-A-Half Hours

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 6, 2011 1:59 PM
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Director Tomas Alfredson Says 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Sequel Will Happen "At The Right Moment" & "For The Right Reasons"

  • By Cory Everett
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  • December 5, 2011 11:57 AM
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