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Universal Moves Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to Focus Features for November 18 Release

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 1, 2011 at 11:58AM

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.
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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.

This article is related to: Box Office, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Fall Movies, Winter, Thriller, Books, Colin Firth, Universal/Focus Features


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.