Daniel Craig fancies update of The Sweeney

Alongside Ray Winstone

The Sweeney

Daniel Craig, Ewan McGregor, Orlando Bloom and Tom Hardy are all interested in taking on a big screen adaptation of classic ‘70s cop drama The Sweeney.

Ray Winstone has already signed the dotted line to play Jack Regan (who was previously played by John Thaw), Craig et al are vying for the role of George Carter, the one played by Dennis 'write the theme tune, sing the theme tune' Waterman.

But it seems the aforementioned British quartet have all got their eye on the cinematic version. And according to a source over at OneIndia, any one of them could be the man for the job as no fixed version of the new George Carter has been pinned down.

“The tone of the movie will change depending on the selection of one actor from the four interested actors to play the tough cop,” says the source. “The Sweeney may turn bigger than the original TV show with the right selection of the cast.”

Clearly this could turn into a big bucks franchise, what with The Sweeney leading the way for the likes of Life On Mars and just about every other cop thriller series that has landed on British TV since the ‘70s.

And with a budget of $16m – mere beans in comparison to most Hollywood efforts – it looks like the production are going for lean and mean. Which is certainly a theory that holds up considering Nick Love will be directing.

Source: [NotW]

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    • demmike

      Jul 8th 2010, 10:40

      sounds suitably dull

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    • gonzoBen

      Jul 8th 2010, 12:42

      "Shut it!..."

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    • Barney1

      Jul 8th 2010, 14:25

      Fair enough Ray Winstone as Regan but Craig will purse his lips as Carter...you need a proper tough-nut cockney....it should be an honest British Affair with 70's hair and duffle coats...and really good 'c**p' stunts!

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    • Barney1

      Jul 8th 2010, 14:32

      Terence Stamp as 'Guv', Hoskins as 'Ere ave a word' , Maurice Micklewhite as 'Landlord' and Sir Roger Moore as 'Scotland Yarrrrd!'....plus throw in Reg White playing piano in boozer and you got yourself a movie...get Micheal Winner to direct!

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    • higgins78

      Jul 8th 2010, 17:45

      Another perfect example why indie movies are on the rise, Hollywood or otherwise have hit a brick wall.

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    • Barney1

      Jul 8th 2010, 18:31

      Higgins78....Hollywood or otherwise might have hit a brick wall....But the SWEENEY will Smash through it.....head first!!!! If made right that it! Just needs an honest cast and John Glen's leather jacket to fulfil it's destiny!

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    • Hadouken76

      Jul 8th 2010, 19:14

      Yeah of course Orlando Bloom! The no-talent- same-vanilla-acting-in-every-film lightweight is what you think of when mentioning hard-as-nails The Sweeney. Knowing Nick Love, it will written by the docile simians of Zoo magazine.

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    • Barney1

      Jul 8th 2010, 19:56

      might as well give it to Richard Curtis and gang...put Hugh Grant and Darcy in it with lots of tea and scones and battling Richard E Grant and Simon Callow in the centre of the Cotswolds jump-cutting to Primrose Hill for soft focus love petting with Emma Thompson and ...because this film will never be made right.....2 words MICHAEL WINNER!

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    • TheMovieGuy

      Jul 9th 2010, 0:54

      Winstone and Hardy, all the way! Ritchie to direct!

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 9th 2010, 0:57

      I can't take Winstone serious after his mumbling in Edge Of Darkness.

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 9th 2010, 0:58

      Nick Love is an atrocious director btw.

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    • SteveLondon1960

      Jul 9th 2010, 4:49

      Orlando Bloom? As Carter??? LOL. "I'm getting into the Prius now...oh my GOD, I broke a nail...where's my Mummy!" Seriously, I'd put that lad Ben Drew from "Harry Brown" in there - it'd be a good mix with Winstone.

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    • Barney1

      Jul 9th 2010, 21:58

      Ritchie's a one trick pony....give this property to Micheal Winner...he knows his decapitation scenes!

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