Brad Pitt’s Plan B, along with Paramount Pictures, has optioned John Le Carre’s first post-Cold War spy novel, The Night Manager. Here’s the Wikipedia synopsis:
The novel follows Jonathan Pine, a former British soldier turned night auditor for a luxurious hotel. One night, Pine encounters Sophie, a French-Arab woman who has ties to Richard Onslow Roper, an English black marketeer who has made a fortune from the sale of weapons. Sophie provides Pine with incriminating documents, which Pine forwards to a friend in British intelligence. Despite Pine’s best efforts to help her, Sophie’s betrayal is discovered and she is subsequently murdered. Six months later, Pine is approached by intelligence operatives Leonard Burr and Rex Goodhew, who are planning a carefully detailed sting operation against Roper. Eager to avenge Sophie, Pine agrees to go undercover to infiltrate Roper’s vast criminal empire, but the operation is jeopardized by an inter-agency turf war within the intelligence community.
What’s kind of cool is that the script is being adapted by Robert Edwards, who wrote and directed Land of the Blind (never saw it) but who was also an intelligence officer in the Gulf War. A spy adapting a spy novel! That’s kind of cool.
No word on who will direct, star, etc.
Behind every great book adaptation is a forgettable first try. — By Ryan Covey