Helmer-scribe Nick Love adapts Brit cult series
LONDON — Brit rapper Ben Drew, also known as Plan B, has been cast alongside Ray Winstone in helmer-scribe Nick Love’s (“The Football Factory”) feature adaptation of 1970s Brit cult TV series “The Sweeney.”Drew and Winstone will play Flying Squad detectives George Carter and Jack Regan respectively in the pic, which is being modernized and set in present-day Blighty. Story is co-written by “Trainspotting” scribe John Hodge and Love, who also directs. Pic is produced by London-based shingle-distrib Vertigo Films and skedded to begin lensing in the autumn. Drew, who was last seen in “Harry Brown” alongside Michael Caine, is in post on his directorial debut “Ill Manors,” a product of Film London’s low-budget Microwave scheme. The original classic TV show “The Sweeney” was created by Ian Kennedy Martin, and toplined John Thaw as Jack Regan and Dennis Waterman as George Carter. It aired on ITV from 1975-1978.
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