November 3, 2017 at 1:39 pm #1202401324
We’re still recovering from Park Chan-Wook‘s dazzling, audacious “The Handmaiden“, which hit cinemas last year. As for what the director might do next, things have been pretty quiet, but word has emerged that Park Chan-Wook is gearing up to join the Peak TV craze.
The filmmaker has signed up to direct a six-part adaptation of John le Carre’s spy novel “The Little Drummer Girl.” Florence Pugh, who recently earned plenty of acclaim for her titular performance in “Lady Macbeth,” will lead the miniseries that follows an aspiring actress who is lured into the world of terrorists and espionage. Here’s the book synopsis:
On holiday in Mykonos, Charlie wants only sunny days and a brief escape from England’s bourgeois dreariness. Then a handsome stranger lures the aspiring actress away from her pals—but his intentions are far from romantic. Joseph is an Israeli intelligence officer, and Charlie has been wooed to flush out the leader of a Palestinian terrorist group responsible for a string of deadly bombings. Still uncertain of her own allegiances, she debuts in the role of a lifetime as a double agent in the “theatre of the real.”
Production will begin on “The Little Drummer Girl” in early 2018, with BBC airing the series across the pond, and AMC in the U.S. No release date, but I’d assume we won’t be seeing this until 2019. Still, six hours of pure Park Chan-Wook is something to look forward to.
Until then, maybe you can catch up with the 1984 film adaptation, directed by George Roy Hill, starring Diane Keaton. [Daily Mail]
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I am from and live in Greece and the local committee are currently prohibiting the series to film in a specific location. In a few days, they’ll rediscuss and decide, so it’s safe to say the series starts filming within this month.October 28, 2018 at 8:05 am #1202663360
The Little Drummer Girl starts on BBC One tonight. Helmed by director Park Chan Wook (of Handmaiden fame) and starring Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), Alexander Skarsgård (Big Little Lies, True Blood) and Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water).
Adapted from John Le Carre’s 70s novel of the same name, in 1979, Charlie Ross (Pugh), an idealistic young actress meets a mysterious stranger called Becker (Skarsgård) while on holiday in Greece. She is offered a role in the ‘theatre of the real’, quickly becoming dangerously immersed in a complex plot masterminded by Kurtz (Shannon), an Israeli spymaster.
My question for you I guess is could it beat The Night Manager in its acclaim and impact and can it score award nods and win?October 29, 2018 at 9:59 am #1202664159
After watching it, you may indeed be right. However never judge a show by its first ep, the first ep of Alias was terrible and still the show won acclaim and got a bunch of emmy and globe nods, the Night Manager was terrible at the start but was still a big hit. Who’s to say TLDG can’t repeat its success?October 30, 2018 at 10:54 am #1202665071
The acting was underwhelming, but if this maintains buzz for the Emmys, I would be happy to see nominations for cinematography, production design and directing.October 30, 2018 at 1:06 pm #1202665159
The first episode was okay, definitely underwhelming though. I had high hopes for this and it might get better, i hope.
Pugh was great, but the dialogue was so lame. Michael Shannon is annoying. and it doesn’t help that his character is Israeli… which in itself is problematic af. Skarsgard did absolutely nothing but confused me — his character is supposedly German, but he has an Irish accent.
I’ll keep watching but don’t see this going anywhere awards-wise except maybe Globe noms for Limited Series and Pugh.October 30, 2018 at 2:56 pm #1202665229
The first episode was okay, definitely underwhelming though. I had high hopes for this and it might get better, i hope. Pugh was great, but the dialogue was so lame. Michael Shannon is annoying. and it doesn’t help that his character is Israeli… which in itself is problematic af. Skarsgard did absolutely nothing but confused me — his character is supposedly German, but he has an Irish accent. I’ll keep watching but don’t see this going anywhere awards-wise except maybe Globe noms for Limited Series and Pugh.
I agree. However, if you have read the book (and if the series follows the book), Skarsgard and Shannon will improve. The book is very very good, it stats underwhelming like the series but gradually improves.
Don’t forget, a lot of the Night Manager (the first three eps to be specific) was very underwhelming, it was only towards the end it improved. However, the acting was superb throughout.
I think if it is based on the first ep, it can get nominated for
BEST ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES — Florence Pugh
BEST DIRECTOR – Park Chan Wook
If it is based on the novel as well, those above as well as the following
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR — Alexander Skarsgard
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR — Michael ShannonOctober 30, 2018 at 2:58 pm #1202665231
Well, I’ve seen the whole thing and Pugh is my personal winner. But I just love acting to be as understated as possible. I’m not like you peasantsNovember 3, 2018 at 10:30 am #1202667455
Just finished reading the book. In some ways, it means the series accurately captures it. If it goes by the book, the first ep is quite rubbish yes, but the rest are AMAZING! Just the beeb seems to have a trend of going off the book and thereby making their adaptations rubbish…November 4, 2018 at 2:07 pm #1202668268
Well episode 2 was a big improvement!November 15, 2018 at 11:52 am #1202675752
What are we thinking of the series so far? I think the first ep was slow, second a steady improvement and the third being one of my favourite episodes of television this year.November 21, 2018 at 7:22 am #1202679540
I got bored after two episodes. The Night Manager was far superior.
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