Espionage Thriller Toplines Altitude’s AFM Slate

Peter Firth stars in feature film adaptation of 'MI-5'

LONDON — A feature film version of the U.K. TV series “Spooks,” which aired in the U.S. as “MI-5,” toplines the AFM slate of Altitude Film Sales.

“Spooks: The Greater Good” is an espionage thriller produced by Shine Pictures (“Eastern Promises”) and Kudos (“Broadchurch”). The pic will be helmed by Bharat Nalluri, who was the originating director of the series.

Written by “Spooks” collaborators Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent, the film will be produced by Jane Featherstone and Stephen Garrett, who were behind the TV series for the BBC, and Ollie Madden (“Sherlock Holmes”) for Shine Pictures. The cast includes series regular Peter Firth with further casting to be announced at the AFM.

In the film, a terrorist escapes from the custody of MI-5, the British intelligence service, during a handover. The head of counter-terrorism is blamed, and then disappears himself. His protege is called in to help uncover what happened.

Also on the slate is “The Last Word,” a supernatural horror movie from Ben Ketai and directed by up-and-coming director Simon Rumley, whose “Red White & Blue” premiered at SXSW.

This tale of vengeance from beyond the grave stars Mike Doyle (“Jersey Boys”), Erin Cummings (“Spartacus: War of the Damned”), and Sean Patrick Flanery (“The Boondock Saints”).

The producers are Eric Gores, Peter Facinelli and Rob DeFranco from A7sle, and Frank Mancuso Jr. of Boss Media.

The third film on the slate is “Pulp,” a celebration of alternative rock band Pulp, front man Jarvis Cocker, and their hometown, Sheffield.

The docu sees the band return to Sheffield to play one final concert.

Directed by Florian Habicht (“Woodenhead”), “Pulp” is produced by Alex Boden of Pistachio Pictures.

The fourth film, “Hangar 10,” is a found-footage alien contact movie set in Rendlesham Forest, England, the site of a well-known UFO encounter.

The pic is written by Daniel Simpson (“Spiderhole”) and Adam Preston (“Le Diner”), and directed by Simpson. The producers are Laurie Cook and Jason Newmark of Bigscope Films, Will Clarke for Altitude and Paul Higgins.

It follows three metal detector enthusiasts who witness UFO activity in the sky, and then face a terrifying encounter.

The final film is “The Call-Up,” which is the story of a group of online gamers invited to test out a state-of-the-art virtual reality simulation representing elite soldiers in a war zone. But events take a sinister turn when the gamers find themselves fighting for their lives within the game.

It is directed by commercials director Charles Barker, and produced by Matt Wilkinson of Stigma Films, alongside John Giwa-Amu of Red and Black Film.

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