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British TV Series Adaptation 'The Sweeney' Already Planning a Sequel

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January 4, 2012
Source: ScreenDaily

The Sweeney

Production just finished on the contemporary adaptation of the 1970's TV Series The Sweeney which follows two members of the "Flying Squad," a branch of the Metropolitan Police specializing in armed robbery and violent crime in London. Detective Inspector Jack Regan and Detective Sergeant George Carter are the two lead roles, one of which belongs to Ray Winstone with the other belonging to Ben Drew (aka rapper Plan B), and now it seems the two might be headed into franchise territory with ScreenDaily reporting director Nick Love is already negotiating to make a sequel that will leave London behind. Read on!

The sequel is said to be more of an international plot, and it might actually turn out to be a prequel that details how Regan and Carter met. Would that mean Winstone and Drew would be replaced by younger faces? That remains to be seen as the film won't be released until September in the UK, and it's not clear whether a sequel will definitively get off the ground. However, the Brits aren't as sequel crazy as we are here in the United States, so if Vertigo Films has this much confidence in their adaptation, then it must pack quite a punch. Perhaps we're looking at the making of another solid British thriller like Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy. The cast doesn't seem as star-studded, but with Winstone, Drew, Hayley Atwell and Damian Lewis also involved, it sounds pretty solid, and could make for a great crime series.

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  • Jez
    I heard that Jeremy Clarkson is in the new film as well. Not only that but apparently him and his Top Gear co host Richard Hammond shot a couple of the scenes themselves, or at least tried to anyway.
    • Shame they didn't crash in a car chase and get stuck in an inferno that reduced them to Ash. Tools. Plan B and Winstone should be good though, can't wait for Ray to do some freestyles when they are driving along spitting bars in their pyjamas.
    • Jack Regan's Whiskey Bottle
      Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond are NOT in 'The Sweeney' movie, they were just filming a humorous spot for the 'Top Gear' BBC show they host.  This movie has potential to be a gritty and hard-edged Brit action flick - totally un-PC and spitting nails - just like the original series, but the jury's out until we see at least the trailer...

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