Susanne Bier ready for more Night Managers - besides other projects
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The Oscar-winning Danish director is preparing the second season of the BBC series, plus a US TV adaptation of Out of Africa
Danish director Susanne Bier – the only Danish filmmaker to have received an Oscar, an Emmy and a Golden Globe – is ready for more television series after the BBC aired her first, The Night Manager, adapted from British author John le Carré’s 1933 espionage novel, last year. Bier directed all six episodes, garnering her an Emmy for Best Director, while British actors in the Ink Factory production were awarded Golden Globes for their performances: Tom Hiddleston scooped Best Actor, Hugh Laurie took home Best Supporting Actor and Olivia Colman received Best Supporting Actress.
Credited with 14 Danish and international features, Bier made In a Better World [+see also:
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“We all want to make a second season of The Night Manager, but we will definitely not come up with something that does not live up to the first,” Bier told the Danish press, confirming that a team of screenwriters is currently working on the second series.
A bestseller in the UK and the USA, and translated into more than 20 languages, the original story follows a former British soldier as he navigates the shadowy recesses of Whitehall and Washington. To infiltrate the inner circle of a lethal arms dealer, he must become a criminal himself.
At the same time, Bier has been signed up to direct and produce a new American series based on Danish author Karen Blixen’s (aka Isak Dinesen’s) Out of Africa (1937), which US director Sydney Pollack used for his 1985 feature, before winning seven Academy Awards with it. US producer David Heyman (the Harry Potter franchise, Oscar-nominated for Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity [+see also:
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Out of Africa follows the author-baroness during the 17 years she lived in Kenya, including her affair with British big-game hunter Denys Finch Hatton. “She always fascinated me; describing her continued legacy is a huge challenge and an even greater privilege,” Bier concluded.