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The Night Manager may not have even been released yet in the U.S., but the ratings and critical acclaim for the six-part spy thriller when it aired on the BBC in the U.K. was such that speculation over a second season had been rife.
Its two main stars, however, appear to have knocked that idea on the head.
“The story feels complete,” said Tom Hiddleston while promoting the show in the U.S. ahead of its launch on AMC April 19. “I only ever conceived of it as an adaptation of a complete novel by John le Carré. We made some alterations, we updated it so it had a political resonance and we changed the ending a little bit. I know the rumors about it extending, but none of that is real.”
The Night Manager sees Hiddleston plays Jonathan Pine, a former hotel employee and soldier who infiltrates the operations of murderous international arms dealer Dicky Roper, played by Hugh Laurie. But while the series finale appears to leave the door open for a possible return, Laurie seconded Hiddleston in ruling out a follow-up, noting that would go beyond le Carré’s original work.
“It’s based on a novel, we’ve got to the end of the novel and John le Carré has yet to write another novel,” said Laurie. “So in cold practical terms, no, we’re done.”
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