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  • PARK Chan-wook to Adapt Le Carré’s THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL for BBC
  • by Pierce Conran /  Nov 14, 2017
  • Florence Pugh Leads Cast of Master Director’s 6-Part Series

    Master filmmaker PARK Chan-wook has signed on to direct the BBC miniseries The Little Drummer Girl, which will be his second English-language project. The six-part series is based on John le Carré’s 1983 novel of the same name.

    PARK has partnered with The Ink Factory, BBC One and AMC for the series, who previously banded together for the series The Night Manager, also based on a novel by le Carré. The Ink Factory will finance and produce the picture along with 127 Wall, while BBC One and AMC will co-produce and Endeavor Content will serve as the film’s sales agent.

    Little Drummer Girl will be produced by Laura Hastings-Smith, while executive producers include Simon and Stephen Cornwell from The Ink Factory, original author le Carré, BBC’s Mona Qureshi, Joe Tsai and Arthur Wang for 127 Wall and Wonjo JEONG, PARK’s longtime collaborator at Moho Films.

    Lady Macbeth breakout star Florence Pugh will star as a talented young actress who becomes involved in the ‘theater of the real’ as she becomes a spy in the 1970s in the Middle East as tensions mount in the region. 

    The project will begin production in January and PARK has stated that: “Of le Carré’s many masterpieces, the one I love ahead of any other is ‘The Little Drummer Girl’. At the core of this story is an extremely painful, but thrilling and romantic. This is what makes the story universal, reaching beyond borders and languages and remaining incredibly current.”

    Draft scripts for the protect were penned by Amanda Coe (Apple Tree Yard), while cinematographer KIM Woo-hyung (known for his work with IM Sang-soo, including 2012’s The Taste of Money), production designer Maria Djurkovic (The Imitation Game), casting director Jina Jay (Rogue One), costume designer Steven Noble (A Monster Calls) and supervising editor Lucia Zucchetti (The Queen) are among the production team.

    PARK’s last foreign foray was with Fox Searchlight Pictures on the gothic thriller Stoker (2013) starring Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman. Meanwhile his last project was the Colonial Era film The Handmaiden for CJ Entertainment. Starring KIM Min-hee, KIM Tae-ri and HA Jung-woo, the film was based on Sarah Waters’ novel ‘Fingersmith’.
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