TV Recommendation: The Night Manager

The Night ManagerMiniseries The Night Manager, based on the novel of the same name like John Le Carre, finally premiered in the U.S. on AMC last night. If you missed it, you can find it on demand or in one of several reruns this week, and if you like spy stories I strongly suggest you check it out. It’s got a great cast, led by Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, and Tom Hollander, and its British run got rave reviews. The first episode was quite enjoyable and I’m looking forward to more.

I’m a Le Carre fan in general, though I haven’t read this novel yet, and while almost all modern adaptations are a bit flashier and more action-y than the original novels, I liked that this kept some Le Carre flavor. Le Carre does bureaucracy brilliantly, and the drama around the copy machine, for example, was strikingly reminiscent of the tense scenes of file retrieval in Tinker Tailor. On the other hand, while I understand why the writers of the show moved it forward in time to incorporate the Arab Spring, I sort of wish they’d left it in the post-Cold War early nineties, because that’s also a very specific and interesting moment in history to explore.

Here’s a taste for you:

Did you watch the premiere? What did you think?

Hugh Laurie & Tom Hiddleston to Star in Le Carre Miniseries

We’ve got a new John Le Carre espionage miniseries on the way, and it’s set to star Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the drama is in development at the BBC and currently being shopped to U.S. networks. The novel, published in the early 1990s, deals with the changing industry of espionage as the Cold War ends. I haven’t read this book yet, but I’ve loved other books of Le Carre’s, and this looks like it’s shaping up to be a great cast. Hope it all comes together as planned!

Movie News: Kit Harington, Tom Hiddleston, Jake Tapper, & More

Kit HaringtonKit Harington has been cast in a starring role in an adaptation of Vera Brittain’s WWI memoir Testament of Youth.

The adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise will star Tom Hiddleston.

Evangeline Lilly is reportedly in talks to star with Paul Rudd in Ant-Man.

Writers Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson (The Fighter) have optioned Jake Tapper’s Afghanistan book The Outpost.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are making a movie based on Vanity Fair article “The Ballad of Richard Jewell.”

Universal has won the auction for the rights to Pierce Brown’s sci-fi novel Red Rising.

Bill Paxton will direct the adaptation of Joe Lansdale’s The Bottoms.

Zachary Levi Talks Marvel + New Thor: The Dark World TV Spot

Thor: The Dark WorldIn this little featurette from Marvel, the always charming Zachary Levi discusses his lifelong love of Marvel characters and what it was like to play one of them, Fandral, in Thor: The Dark World.

And here’s a new TV spot for the movie, which will be in theaters tomorrow!