Professionals revived on big screen
Published 28/03/2011 | 12:32
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.
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."