Thursday, April 01, 2010

Hyde Park Convinces "The Persuaders!"

Hyde Park Entertainment continues to develop a feature film version of the British TV series "The Persuaders !", produced by Ashok Amritraj, for director Peter Howitt ("Johnny English"). The feature will be the first to be produced in association with Imagenation Abu Dhabi.

"The Persuaders !" 1971 action/adventure series was produced by ITC Entertainment for broadcast on ITV and ABC, considered at the time, "the most ambitious and most expensive of Sir Lew Grade's international action adventure series", starring Roger Moore and Tony Curtis.

The show ended after one season, running from September 1971 to February 1972, releasing Moore to star as 'James Bond' in a series of big budget features.

Despite its focus on the British/American markets, the show was popular throughout Europe, with both Moore and Curtis decorated in Germany and France for their acting.

The character of 'Danny Wilde' (Curtis) is described as a 'rough diamond', educated and moulded in the back slums of New York City, who escaped by enlisting in the US Navy, later becoming a millionaire in the oil business.

'Lord Brett Sinclair' (Moore) is a Harrow/Oxford educated English aristocrat and ex-racing car driver.

The globe-trotting playboys, meet on holiday in the French Riviera, instantly disliking each other and destroying a hotel bar in a fist-fight. Arrested, they are delivered to retired 'Judge Fulton' who offers them the choice of spending ninety days in jail or helping him to 'right errors of impunity'. Grudgingly, Wilde and Sinclair agree to help solve Fulton's initial case. He then releases them from any threat of jail. The duo are soon stumbling into more adventures, sometimes by chance, sometimes due again to Judge Fulton.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Persuaders!"...