Saul Metzstein brings Mick Herron’s universe to TV in Slow Horses – El Sol de México

He English director Saul Metzstein adds to the production of the black comedy of spies slow horseswhich brings the novel by writer Mick Herronfrom the saga starring the spy Jackson Lamb.

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In interview, the filmmaker commented that the good work that the writer did to design the characters has been key to transferring this universe to a series which already has three seasons.

“You follow them because they are very well designed, you don’t depend on finding out who did what. You have well-rounded characters, and in a show like this it is easier than in a spy show where everything focuses on the plot, you can watch this and not understand the plot, and still enjoy the scenes. It is something rare and positive.”

The story, which is starring Gary Oldman and whose music was composed by the leader of The Rolling StonesMick Jagger, follows a dysfunctional team of British intelligence agents, led by Jackson Lamb (Oldman), members of an MI5 dump known as mud house.

In this third installment, a romantic relationship in Istanbul threatens to expose a buried MI5 secret in London. When the team is drawn into the fight, they find themselves caught up in a conspiracy that threatens the future of their organization.

Saul stressed that maintaining the public’s attention for several episodes It has been simple, since from the books a narrative line that keeps the viewer on the edge of the seat.

“The way the books by Mick Herron It’s very fun, because they are full of small chapters, each one with a hook at the end, and that is very useful. There are some scenes where you don’t know where it’s going, you always do that before the credits, you do it before the end, it’s a key of the genre to keep the action going.”

Although he libretto is full of black humor, ensures that characters They manage to generate empathy between themselves and the fans, something that happened to him himself as he read the books.

According to him, if someone gets lost in the plot, the strength of the Show It lies in the emotions that surround the protagonists, causing the connection with the story to be maintained.

“That was my entry into the program, once I understood the vision of these characters and how they saw everything, and how they suffered, I understood it all… I suspect that’s how he understands it Mick Herronhe is not a spy, he has written about it and has done research, but I also think he understands it from the characters.”

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Regarding the work with Herron, who has been present throughout the production of the three tseries seasonsassured that he was very accessible when adapting his story, and allowed changes that gave greater clarity to a script of television.

“He has been very supportive of the program because it does not focus much on deviating from the novels“As long as you understand the tone, there is a lot of flexibility in how you are going to do it,” he concluded.

slow horses is available in the Apple TV+ platformreleases a new episode every Wednesday.

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