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TV's Professionals head for big screen!
« on: 28 March, 2011, 09:19:56 PM »
From BBCnews:

"Cult crime series The Professionals is to return in a new film version that will show how Bodie and Doyle came to work for British security unit CI5.

The project - co-produced by Lionsgate UK and Eighth Wonder Pictures - is expected to start shooting on location in the UK later this year.

Casting has yet to be announced in what has been described as "an exhilarating, emotionally-charged action-thriller".

Lewis Collins and Martin Shaw starred in the original 1970s TV show.

"The Professionals was such an iconic British crime series that it's a fantastic opportunity for Lionsgate to be able to bring it to the big screen for the first time," said Zygi Kamasa of Lionsgate UK.

"This production will combine the wit and fast-paced action of the original TV series but also completely reinvent it for a new, modern audience."

The original Professionals - which also featured Gordon Jackson as CI5 chief George Cowley - ran from 1977 to 1983.

"To take this 70s TV classic and launch it onto the big screen is a dream come true," said Eighth Wonder's Richard Whelan.

Created by writer Brian Clemens, The Professionals was famous for its propulsive Laurie Johnson theme tune and the Ford Capris its characters drove.

The late Edward Woodward appeared in a short-lived TV remake - CI5: The New Professionals - that aired on Sky One in 1999."



Not as good a choice as The Sweeney, but could still be a winner!

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Re: TV's Professionals head for big screen!
« Reply #1 on: 28 March, 2011, 09:33:31 PM »
Ah, so THIS is the Jedward vehicle Louis Walsh has been hinting at...

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Re: TV's Professionals head for big screen!
« Reply #2 on: 28 March, 2011, 09:36:16 PM »
Ah, so THIS is the Jedward vehicle Louis Walsh has been hinting at...


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Re: TV's Professionals head for big screen!
« Reply #3 on: 28 March, 2011, 10:05:23 PM »
I still watch the re-runs even now. I love seeing Hercule Poirot/David Suchet as a terrorist/mercenary in one episode, fighting with Bodie in a fabulous punch up.

I wonder who they'll get to play the leads?

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Re: TV's Professionals head for big screen!
« Reply #4 on: 28 March, 2011, 10:19:19 PM »
I wonder who they'll get to play the leads?

I believe the law requires that it be Martin Freeman and James Nesbit.

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Re: TV's Professionals head for big screen!
« Reply #5 on: 28 March, 2011, 10:37:23 PM »
Ant & Dec, with Richard Wilson as Cowley.

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Re: TV's Professionals head for big screen!
« Reply #6 on: 28 March, 2011, 11:52:54 PM »
They'd better keep the theme tune.

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Re: TV's Professionals head for big screen!
« Reply #7 on: 29 March, 2011, 12:01:55 AM »
Can't say I'm terribly fussed either way. On the odd occasion I see on episode on ITV4 it's usually still a pretty enjoyable hour's telly.
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Re: TV's Professionals head for big screen!
« Reply #8 on: 29 March, 2011, 06:31:41 PM »
Apparently Gerard Butler and Jason Statham in the main roles with either Liam Neeson or Gary Oldman as Cowley. Tom Hardy is supposedly in the running for a part as well.