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'Snowtown' Director Justin Kurzel To Helm Adaptation Of John Le Carré's 'Our Kind Of Traitor'

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 4, 2012 5:20 PM
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Justin Kurzel Our Kind Of Traitor

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. 

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  • A. M. MacGregor | May 5, 2012 11:01 PMReply

    have just finished the book. Like a lot. Film makers will have a long way to go to reproduce the intricatices of the characters and dialoge, to pull it off as a film. Some books should remain book.s I think this may be one of them. However, in this age of action suspense films, it has the ingredients. . .but i shudder to think of how much will have to be cut to accommodate the ADD afflicted, and those who text uring cinema presentations.* I' m open to being pleasantly surprised.*

  • jingmei | May 5, 2012 9:07 PMReply

    What a jump of this indie Aussie dude from a creepy indie, just saw The Snowtown Murders.

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