The Professionals are heading to the big screen

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British TV crime drama The Professionals hasn’t been on screens since the ‘80s (except, alright, on ITV4), but that’s all set to change.

The ITV drama, which debuted on British telly in 1977 and ran for five series, is set for a modern day movie make-over courtesy of one of the more recent Bond producers.

Callum McDougall, who exec produced Casino Royale and Quantum Of Solace, has teamed up with fellow producer Richard Whelan and Lionsgate UK to bring a new version of the story to screens.

The Professionals was such an iconic British crime series that  it’s a fantastic opportunity for Lionsgate to be able to bring it to the big screen for the first time,” said Zygi Kamasa, Lionsgate UK's chief exec.

“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.”

The original Professionals TV series starred Martin Shaw and Lewis Collins as counter terrorism detective Doyle and ex-special ops mercenary Bodie.

They're recruited by Criminal Intelligence 5 to pick up the tricky jobs that the police aren’t able to. Expect Shaw to pitch up in a hilarious cameo as a judge.

Professional? Or poor? Do we need a new version of The Professionals? Speak out below...

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      Mar 29th 2011, 12:21

      They just have to make sure they keep the theme tune, oh and give the part of Bodie to Idris Elba

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Mar 29th 2011, 14:16

      Isn't this old news? From, like, a year ago? Neil Marshall is supposed to be directing it, unless things have changed: http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=27669

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    • writerdave87

      Mar 29th 2011, 18:44

      Um, what exactly does it matter if Bodie is black or not? John Simm and Aiden Gillen aren't bruising enough for the roles; Idris Elba would be a good choice. I'll vote for Tom Hardy and Idris Elba for Bodie and Doyle, and either David Morrisey or Liam Cunningham as the boss.

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    • writerdave87

      Mar 29th 2011, 19:45

      Dalidab considering some of your casting choices in the past I don't think you can possibly call someone else mad. 1) You don't need someone to look like Cowley. Anthony Hopkins and Michael Gambon don't look anything like the man in the first place anyway :p 2) Cowley isn't all that much older than Bodie and Doyle. He kicks serious a**e in a lot of episodes. A fifty year-old actor like Cunningham would be great choice, David Morrissey probably is a little on the young side but he's a quality actor. Anthony Hopkins and Gambon are way too old now. For a proper left-field choice, I suggest Helen Mirren... Georgia Cowley?

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    • writerdave87

      Mar 29th 2011, 20:18

      Ah but the Professionals was quality and has good potential for a dark and gritty update. Charlies Angels was always s**t ;)

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