Neil Marshall to helm THE PROFESSIONALS

Clark Lamson

by: Clark Lamson
April 23rd, 2010

Neil Marshall is quickly becoming one of the bigger genre directors out there right now. True, we weren't on speaking terms after his "movie" DOOMSDAY, but there's no denying his past merits. I hope CENTURION is the return to grace for Marshall that I want it to be. At any rate, it doesn't seem as if he's wasting any time picking his next project.

Marshall just told Empire that his next project is a no- stop action adaptation of the classic British TV show, THE PROFESSIONALS.

Marshall is describing the project as "a hard-hitting, rip-roaring action movie." I myself have never seen the show, but the clips I could find online make it out to be a cool and collected crime thriller, pretty typical of the 70s. It will be interesting to see Marshall's touch on the project.

The show follows two main characters, crime-fighting buddies Bodie (Lewis Collins) and Doyle (Martin Shaw) in their attempts to squash evildoings both at home and elsewhere, all under the law enforcement agency C15.

Marshall also expresses his goals of wanting to make 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."

I don't want to jinx it, but this sounds almost tailor-made for Mr. Marshall at this point in his career. Maybe what he needs is something a little more "real world" to tie him in again. Honing his skills. I can officially say that I am stoked for this. Thoughts?

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