Sweeney Feature Put On Hold

Fox Searchlight has stopped production on the $16 million feature film version of 70’s British cop show “The Sweeney” reports Variety.

The reason? Concerns about its international prospects as the film had yet to land a big name cast member and awareness of the show outside the UK is very limited.

John Thaw and Dennis Waterman starred in the classic show about a London police unit dedicated to fighting violent crime. With salty dialogue and tough action scenes, it invented the blueprint for gritty UK cop dramas and was a major inspiration for the recent and highly acclaimed series “Life on Mars”.

Thesps being considered for the main roles of a seasoned detective and his younger partner in the film version were Ray Winstone and the up-and-coming Michael Fassbender (“300,” “Hunger”). DNA Films had been set to start lensing in the next few weeks.

Rather than continue with pre-production, Fox and DNA mutually agreed to step back and wait but still hope to go into production next year. Cult writer-director Nick Love remains attached to direct.