Neil Marshall to Adapt the British TV Series The Professionals

April 27, 2010
Source: Empire

Neil Marshall

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 [edit] 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?

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neil marshall makes fun movies, dog soldiers is one of those films you need to see with all your mates, great fun.....looking forward to this

ozzie memz on Apr 27, 2010


I used to love the Professionals as a kid. I never considered it for a movie remake but would love to see what they make of it. The only concern is that they would change it too far from the original concept in order to appeal to a wider overseas audience.

Bash on Apr 27, 2010


YES!!!!! I still watch The Professionals to this day, the series was always action packed and gritty, this would make an excellent film! Gona have to find a replacement for the Capri though, and please, no car manufacturer tie-ins like iRobot or Transformers, use something appropriate, maybe an Audi RS5 or something.

Metatasian on Apr 28, 2010


They recently started putting The Professionals on TV again pitty its on really late though...

DiR3cT on Apr 29, 2010


Lewis Collins actually passed selection for the SAS but was refused to join up as he had to much of a famous face. How bad-ass is that!!

John J on May 1, 2010

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