The Night Manager Season 2 is “slowly being developed”, its director has revealed.
Danish helmer extraordinaire Susanne Bier wowed British audiences last year, when she directed BBC One’s adaptation of John Le Carre’s The Night Manager. Starring Tom Hiddleston as a hotel employee who becomes wrapped up in an arms dealer and other nefarious types, the co-production with AMC was one of the most talked-about hits of 2016, earning multiple Emmy wins and sparking talk of Hiddleston as the new James Bond.
Speculation has been rife ever since about whether the Beeb would cash in with a second run. While scriptwriter David Farr has previously said he wasn’t keen to continue the story on from Le Carre’s one-off novel, though, Bier has now confirmed that the drama is set to return, with Season 2 “slowly being developed”.
“We all want very much to do a season two but the thing we absolutely do not want is to do something that does not live up to the level of season one,” she told Broadcast. “That would be a really bad idea.”
Her comments follow enthusiastic remarks by Simon Cornwell, the author’s son and producer of the series.
“Of course, the broadcasters would love to do another series,” he said at a Royal Television Society event last year.
“There’s no book and there’s never been a Le Carré story that has been extended beyond the confines of the novel. It would be interesting to try that.”
The second season would presumably see Hiddleston return as Jonathan Pine, with fans also keen to see Olivia Colman reprise her role of intelligence officer Angela Burr, who recruited Pine to spy on arms dealer Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie) and his girlfriend, Jed (Elizabeth Debicki).
A “team of writers” is currently working on the sequel, Bier added.
The Ink Factory, the production company behind The Night Manager, meanwhile, is also in the process of adapting another Le Carre novel for the screen: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Simon Beaufoy is
The production company behind The Night Manager, The Ink Factory, is also in the process of bringing another John Le Carré novel, The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, to the screen. Oscar-winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy is adapting the book, with no word yet on casting.
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