Thompson on Hollywood

Universal Pictures had the first look at acquiring U.S. rights to Working Title's John Le Carre adaptation Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and did so out of Berlin.

Now the movie will move to Universal's specialty division Focus Features, reports Variety. Focus plans an awards season November 18 opening for Tomas Alfredson's Cold War spy thriller starring Oscar-winner Colin Firth, Gary Oldman (George Smiley), Tom Hardy, Mark Strong and Ciarán Hinds. Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan adapted the novel.

November 18 will also see the opening of the femme-oriented vampire flick Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn-Part 1 as well as Warner Bros.’ family toon Happy Feet 2 in 3D.