Tom Hiddleston would consider returning for a second series of The Night Manager.
The 35-year-old actor starred as spy Jonathan Pine in the hit BBC miniseries, which has also been broadcast in the U.S., to similar acclaim. While there has been a lot of debate about whether the show will return for a second season, Tom insists he will only agree if John Le Carre writes a sequel to the 1993 novel on which the first series was based.
In fact, following the success of the television adaptation of his book, Le Carre is said to be considering penning a follow-up novel.
“It’s fascinating to hear that Le Carré himself is up for it and considering writing new material for characters he created 25 years ago,” Tom told Variety.
“I think it would be the first time he’s ever done that. The chance to continue the journey would be very exciting if it presented itself.”
His co-star Hugh Laurie, who played villainous arms dealer Richard Roper in the show, concurred.
“We really need Le Carre to write another novel, and we need it sharpish. I don’t have that relationship with him. Can you tell him?” Hugh joked with Variety.
Hugh recently revealed he had worked to get an adaptation of the book off the ground ever since reading it over two decades ago.
“I read this novel… and I fell in love with it instantly,” he explained on U.S. breakfast show Today. “This is the only time in my life I’ve ever tried to option a book. I’m not a producer, I don’t know anything about it, but this is the one time.
“I think I was three chapters in and I said, ‘This has to be on the screen. This is one of the greatest stories I’ve ever read.’ It’s so beautifully romantic, it’s so thrilling, and it’s about a subject that matters: arms dealing. This is what’s fuelling conflicts around the world, this is an enormous industry in the U.K. and in the U.S., and it’s just a subject I found absolutely fascinating. I couldn’t wait.”
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