Neil Marshall Hires “The Professionals”

Neil Marshall (“The Descent,” “Doomsday”) has revealed he will direct a film adaptation of classic late 70’s British TV cop series “The Professionals” in an interview with Empire.

The hard-hitting action series followed CI5, a law enforcement department allowed to use any (and invariably illegal) means to solve serious crimes that didn’t fall under the purview of the secret service or military.

Martin Shaw and Lewis Collins played the two best agents – a hotheaded but compassionate ex-detective constable, and a patient but ruthless ex-SAS mercenary. Together they tackled terrorists, hitmen, racist groups and espionage suspects.

Marshall says he wants to contemporise this buddy cop duo – “They deal with anti-terrorism, assassinations, political intrigue. The slogan, or kind of the tagline for the film, is ‘Fight fire with fire’ and that was their whole thing… Primarily, its going to be an exciting movie, but there’s an inherent political angle on the story. We want to contemporise it but keep everything that made the original great, just turn it into a real wham-bam rip-roaring adventure movie.”

A writer is presently at work on a script. Marshall is also attached to the Sam Raimi-produced 3D splatter film “Burst”.