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Professionals revived on big screen

Published 28/03/2011 | 12:32

Lewis Collins played Bodie in hit TV show The Professionals
Lewis Collins played Bodie in hit TV show The Professionals

Seventies TV hit The Professionals is to be revived for a movie version by the team behind Daniel Craig's 007 films and Captain America.

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The series originally starred Martin Shaw and Lewis Collins, who would inevitably bounce across the bonnet of a Ford Capri as they intercepted a gang of villains.

Now producers are promising to reinvent the concept to make "an exhilarating, emotionally-charged action-thriller that re-forges the seminal TV series for a new generation".

The film will see the return of British military-trained mercenary Bodie and former detective Doyle, who work for the covert security unit CI5.

Cast have not been announced but it will be filmed later this year.

Callum McDougall - the executive producer of Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace - and Richard Whelan, one of the executives behind the forthcoming Captain America, will produce the film.

The violent series - which also starred Gordon Jackson as CI5 boss Cowley - ran from 1977 to 1983 and was created by writer Brian Clemens.

Whelan said: "To take this 70s TV classic and launch it on to the big screen is a dream come true."

McDougall and Whelan's company Eighth Wonder has teamed up with another production firm Lionsgate UK.

Lionsgate chief executive Zygi Kamasa said: "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 and we're really looking forward to working with talented producers Callum and Richard on the film."

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