EXCLUSIVE From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: Hyde Park Entertainment’s long-gestating movie version of British TV show The Persuaders will finally happen this year – providing producer Ashok Amritraj can find the right leads. The original Persuaders TV series starred Roger Moore and Tony Curtis as a crime-fighting odd couple. Moore played aristocratic Lord Brett Sinclair; Curtis was Danny Wilde, an oil tycoon from the wrong side of the tracks. It was the way Moore and Curtis bantered with each other that made the original 1970s series such a hit for producer Lew Grade (uncle of former ITV boss Michael). That’s why casting is so important. Amritraj may go for unknowns. At one point, Ben Stiller and Steve Coogan were going to co-star. There was also talk of George Clooney teaming up with Hugh Grant. Peter Howitt (Johnny English) will direct. The project will be one of the first to go through Hyde Park’s joint deal with Imagenation Abu Dhabi. Let’s hope Amritraj also gets his hands on John Barry’s original theme tune. It’s the best thing Barry’s ever written.
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