Neil Marshall to Adapt the British TV Series The Professionals
While the United Kingdom will be able to enjoy Neil Marshall's epic Centurion this weekend (watch the trailer), over here in the US it looks like we'll be waiting until August for the theatrical release. Though the director already has the Sam Raimi produced Burst 3-D in his future, Empire reports that it looks like Marshall has also set his sights on adapting the classic 70's British TV series The Professionals, which followed tough guys Bodie and Doyle busting crime and terror at home and abroad for law enforcement outfit CI5. As if we expected anything less, Marshall describes the flick as "a hard-hitting action movie."
Though the project is certainly still a ways off with an unnamed writer currently working on the script, Marshall is definitely excited about the project and has some good things to say about it as a buddy movie:
“I always loved the show. It has one of the greatest theme tunes ever and a really great central premise. I just thought: this is going to make a great movie. They deal with anti-terrorism, assassinations, political intrigue. The slogan, or kind of the tagline for the film, is 'Fight fire with fire' and that was their whole thing. Primarily it's going to be an exciting movie, but there's an inherent political angle on the story. We want to contemporise it but keep everything that made the original great  just turn it into a real wham-bam rip-roaring adventure movie. And a really great buddy movie: these guys are like Butch and Sundance or Riggs and Murtaugh. But this is a British buddy movie, which I don't think I've seen before.”
Well there may not exactly be a big British buddy action flick that comes to mind, I think Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright deserve more than their fair share of recognition for Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz in the British buddy movie arena (though they're much more brilliant than your average buddy movie). Still this does sound like it could be pretty cool, and that aforementioned theme song (click the link above) with its Shaft-meets-The-Untouchables sound is a pretty good set-up for what we can expect from The Professionals. We'll keep you updated on the project and anything related to Neil Marshall. Any fans of the series around?