Following the massive global success BBC One and AMC had with the adaptation of John le Carré's The Night Manager, the makers of the series are turning to the legendary author for another huge TV series.
John le Carré’s 1983 spy thriller The Little Drummer Girl is the next to be adapted into a big-budget six-part mini-series, with Lady Macbeth’s Florence Pugh landing her breakout role as lead character Charlie.
In the UK, The Night Manager attracted weekly audiences of over ten million and has enjoyed similar, if not greater success, around the world. Various locations in Majorca were of course used, and local production company, Palma Pictures, was heavily involved with the filming. Among its various awards were three Baftas and seven Emmys.
"After the tremendous reception by US audiences to The Night Manager, we are thrilled to be working again with the Ink Factory and the BBC on another brilliantly plotted and deeply emotional John le Carré thriller, The Little Drummer Girl," AMC’s programming president David Madden has announced.
"I read the book when it was published in the 1980s, and it’s frightening and thought-provoking to recognise how relevant the story still is today. Florence Pugh is a gifted actress who will make a stunning Charlie, and Park is a filmmaker of extraordinary vision whose entry into the world of le Carré-style espionage should be irresistible."
Earlier this year, BBC One and AMC announced that they’d also taken an option on John le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold for television, based on a script by Academy Award winner Simon Beaufoy.
Both channels are also still working on a possible second season of Tom Hiddleston’s The Night Manager, although that project has yet to receive an official commission. But if that project gets the green light, then the production may well return to Majorca.
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