Even with all the success, the show had, ‘The Night Manager’s’ future is still uncertain. Is BBC going to be able to get season 2 out for the public? Or will they have to end up selling it to another network or streaming service?
‘The Night Manager’ is a BBC crime show based on a novel of the same name written by John le Carré. The show is the story of Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), a former British soldier and current night manager at a hotel. He is hired to infiltrate the scheme of an illegal arms dealer, Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie).
- What is in the way of ‘The Night Manager’ Season 2 from happening?
- What can we expect from season 2 in case it happens?
What is in the way of ‘The Night Manager’ Season 2 from happening?
It is really hard to explain why there wouldn’t be a season 2 of ‘The Night Manager’. The show is full of A-list actors such as Tom Hiddleston, who plays Jonathan Pine, Hugh Laurie playing Richard Roper, Pine’s boss, Angela Burr is played by Olivia Colman, and there is also Elizabeth Debicki playing Jemima “Jed” Marshall. Besides the cast, the storyline and the production are impeccable, as most of BBC’s shows are.
Fans all over the world have been wondering what could have happened for its production to be so slow and why such decisions would take so much time. One of the first issues that the BBC had was that David Farr, one of the writers, left the show.
Farr said in an interview with “Digital Spy” that he left because, at first, he thought that ‘The Night Manager’ would not continue because it is an adaptation of a book. His words were,
“Unlike Hanna, which we’ve always foreseen as this journey of a young woman that could go in many different directions. With ‘The Night Manager’, it was a book. I adapted it. I thought, ‘That’s it’. And it was hugely successful. [So] there was a sense of, ‘Gosh, this is rich terrain. Can we do something else? I was never confident that I was the right person [to write a second series]. And then having [Hanna] greenlit, I was like, ‘This is something I really connected to. I know where I’m going, very clearly’. It’s just a personal thing. I’m sure that they will get there, with that show, eventually”.
At least that’s a good sign. The show had everything planned to keep going and they actually kept going. BBC said that the production of season 2 was in motion in 2017.
What can we expect from season 2 in case it happens?
When everything seemed to be going in a good direction, another unforeseen problem came up for The Night Manager.
Susanne Bier, the director for ‘The Night Manager’, said she would not be joining the second season at all. She gave an interview to the “Radio Times” in 2019 saying:
“I’m not doing ‘The Night Manager’ 2. I wasn’t sure that I would do my very best work the second time round – so I decided that I should probably not do it and have somebody [else direct it]. I just got worried that I would repeat myself or do something which wasn’t as great, but I think somebody else is going to do an amazing job out of it.”
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