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Centurion director targets TV classic

23 April 2010  |  Written by Nev Pierce  

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With swords and savagery epic Centurion in cinemas today, Neil Marshall is wasting no time picking a new project.

In addition to the Sam Raimi-produced 3D splatter pic Burst, he’s attached to a feature adaptation of classic Brit TV series The Professionals.

“It’s going to be a hard-hitting action movie,” says Marshall, “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.”

The ’70s series saw professional (natch) tough guys Bodie (Lewis Collins) and Doyle (Martin Shaw) busting crime and terror at home and abroad for law enforcement outfit CI5.

“They deal with anti-terrorism, assassinations, political intrigue,” says Marshall. “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 can’t tell you any plot details, or we’d have to kill you. Suffice to say Marshall has some exciting ideas. “We want to contemporise it but keep everything that made the original great [but sadly not Lewis Collins], 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...”

With a writer currently working on the script, don’t expect casting news for a while, but who do you think would make a good Bodie and Doyle? Let the rampant speculation commence.


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Your Comments

toby stephens as bodie
without a doubt it has to be toby stephens as bodie not only is he a fantastic actor he even has the look of bodie about him ....sorted More

Posted by andy45 at 08:28 on 21 August 2011 | Report This Post

doyle
how about Benedict Cumberbatch as doyle! just a thought ...... More

Posted by andy45 at 08:23 on 21 August 2011 | Report This Post

cast ????
Tom hardy as bodie or matthew marsden or even better Toby stephens woud make a perfect bodie he has that suave look about him ,michael cane as cowley thats a must.as for doyle hmmmmmmmmmmmm dunno yet... but its got to be kept in the 70's! class. More

Posted by andy45 at 08:12 on 21 August 2011 | Report This Post

70's
i hope the keep in in the 70's genre as the vehicles and the fashon i think were and are a major part of the shows success and really set it appart from the buddy movies ,cant wait for the movie ,also the should have cameo's by martin and lewis as instructers maybe in ci5 classssss. More

Posted by andy45 at 21:28 on 20 August 2011 | Report This Post

70's
i hope the keep in in the 70's genre as the vehicles and the fashon i think were and are a major part of the shows success and really set it appart from the buddy movies ,cant wait for the movie ,also the should have cameo's by martin and lewis as instructers maybe in ci5 classssss. More

Posted by andy45 at 21:25 on 20 August 2011 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Or someone that can't act. Craig would never do the Pro's. Too close to Bond in many aspects. More

Posted by jasperjones at 12:47 on 25 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE:
Statham..you cant have a bald Bodie! More

Posted by jackcarter at 12:03 on 25 April 2010 | Report This Post

Surely Dan Craig has been channeling Lewis Collins' pout for years now....definitely Brian Cox for George Cowley...can't really think of who could carry off Doyle's perm...hmmmmm. More

Posted by drive on the right at 11:38 on 25 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Kermode
Fassbender would be perfect for Doyle, and Bana works for me too. Bodie along the lines of the Marine Bana played in Black Hawk Down would be great. If not I'd go with Tom Hardy as Bodie. As for Statham, while he'd bring the action goods, I seriously doubt he has a decent performance in him and Fassbender would act him off the screen. I guess more importantly than anything else would the chemistry whichever two leads you go with have. That's the real key. Wonder if they're going to go ori More

Posted by jasperjones at 10:18 on 25 April 2010 | Report This Post

Kermode
Marshall said on Mayo and Kermode's Radio 5 show that he's pretty much after Fassbender as Doyle and he's thinking Eric Banner Bodie. More

Posted by jimoakley666 at 00:51 on 25 April 2010 | Report This Post

Dan Craig's not going to be doing anything for a while...Doyle. Jason Statham as Bodie. Sean Connory as Cowly. More

Posted by xand007 at 22:47 on 24 April 2010 | Report This Post

'cover me!!!!!!' cowley has to b played by a scot, mayb ken stott or brian cox. More

Posted by spark1 at 13:11 on 24 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Connery............
pretty much what others have said here but: Doyle = Jude Law looks alot like Martin Shaw (without the perm) but probably a little too old now...so maybe Tom Hardy? (but then hes Mad Max now) Bodie = Fassbender with a black dye would look a little like Collins or G Bulter (or is he too old now?...im assuming they'll want B&D to be in their early 30s at the most) Cowley = the usual big name suspects - Caine, Hoskins, Winstone, Patrick Stewart, Tel Stamp, B Cox, McKellan, R Finnes, More

Posted by jackcarter at 13:00 on 24 April 2010 | Report This Post

Connery............
..............to come out of retirement for Cowley. Richard Armitage for Bodie. Dominic West as Doyle. Failing Connery then Bill Paterson. I'm suddenly feeling faint. More

Posted by tetchy at 00:31 on 24 April 2010 | Report This Post

Clemens
Will creator Brian Clemens have a credit? He is the soul of that show. More

Posted by batfunk at 19:50 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

Spooks Alumni
Look to the Professionals of the new noughties Rupert Penry-Jones as Doyle and Richard Armitage as Bodie. Or Matthew Marsden (last seen in TF3 as a SAS liason) as Bodie and Tom Hardy as Doyle. Both starred in Black Hawk Down. Ciaran Hinds or Michael Kitchen as Cowley. More

Posted by IKEOBI at 19:30 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

John Simm. 'Nuff said. More

Posted by supermaddy at 18:38 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

Brian Cox as Cowley, surely? More

Posted by Spellchekka at 16:33 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Mmmmmmm
Because the tv remake has zip to do with this remake and who's to say it can't work? More

Posted by jasperjones at 15:19 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

Mmmmmmm
Best to leave it alone, the TV remake during the 90's was shite so why make a movie? More

Posted by nybras at 14:31 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

My Professionals opinion
Dominic West as Doyle and Bulter or Purefoy as Bodie. Philip Glennister would be good as Cowley - a sort of Gene Hunt without the wisecracks. Otherwise, give it to Ray Winstone. More

Posted by granny at 14:04 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Fassbender as Doyle, Tom Hardy or Eric Bana as Bodie. Neeson as Cowley. I think by British buddy movie, he clearly means non-ironic. This could be awesome. More

Posted by jasperjones at 13:53 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: jolietjake78   Michael Fassbender as Doyle and The Stath as Bodie, plus Michael Caine as Cowley would be great!  Always loved the show and still watch the odd repeat on ITV3.  What's surprising is how nasty it occasionally gets, they'd never get away with half of the stuff on a primetime show these days.  sp; I like the idea of The Stath as Bodie because as long as he doesn't have to do an accent, The Stath is a fairly competent a More

Posted by lukeyboy at 11:11 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

James Purefoy & Kevin Mckidd or maybe Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant ! More

Posted by papalupara at 10:49 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

Clive Owen and Paddy Considine if you please. More

Posted by dollerhyde at 10:39 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

Excuse Me...?
"But this is a British buddy movie, which I don’t think I’ve seen before...” How about Hot Fuzz? More

Posted by paulchilds at 10:36 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

Cool, but on condition...............
Just keep that monkey Danny Dyer away from it!!!!!!! More

Posted by Hairypie at 10:30 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE:
  Michael Fassbender as Doyle and The Stath as Bodie, plus Michael Caine as Cowley would be great!    Always loved the show and still watch the odd repeat on ITV3.  What's surprising is how nasty it occasionally gets, they'd never get away with half of the stuff on a primetime show these days.  More

Posted by jolietjake78 at 09:53 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

Yes! This is a great idea... I have been waiting for a Professionals movie for ages. Cant wait to see what Neil Marshall does with it. More

Posted by handsofstone at 09:53 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

OK, this was one of my fave shows when I was a kid - and having seen it recently it still kind of holds up (though sadly not Doyle's perm, or Bodie's penchant for tight jeans) - so basically colour me excited. More

Posted by JimKing75 at 09:42 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

Sean Bean and Gerry Bulter thank you very much!
Let's face it, those two could kill you with their stubble alone! But if we are talking about stubble then Statham's 'skull stubble' would be able to defeat terrorists from 30 feet! More

Posted by fuzzcaminski at 09:22 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

as long as they hoon around in fast Fords i'm up for it. More

Posted by 62Parker at 08:47 on 23 April 2010 | Report This Post

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