‘Spooks’ movie is now officially in the works

It's titled 'Spooks: The Greater Good' and will shoot early next year (2014)

The movie version of Spooks is now officially in the works.

Peter Firth, who starred as Sir Harry Pearce in the long-running BBC spy drama, revealed earlier this year (2013) that a spin-off film was being planned, saying: “There is a script kind of in the machine.”

Now Screen Daily brings word that the film has been given the title Spooks: The Greater Good and will shoot during the first three months of 2014. Bharat Nalluri, who directed six episodes of the TV series including the first two ever and last two ever, is on board as director.

Meanwhile, the script has been written by Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent, who teamed up to write ten episodes of the TV series. The story will start with Firth’s Sir Harry Pearce being blamed for the escape of a terrorist and then disappearing in mysterious circumstances. With a planned terrorist attack on London looming, Pearce’s protégé is drafted in to find out what happens and ends up tracing a conspiracy that stretches across continents.

Firth is attached to return as Pearce, Screen Daily reports, and the film’s producers are currently in the process of signing up additional cast members.

Created by David Wolstencroft in 2002, Spooks ran for 86 episodes before ending after its tenth series in 2011. Firth was the only actor to feature in all 86 episodes but other stars who made appearances over the years included Mathew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, Richard Armitage, David Oyelowo, Hermione Norris and Rupert Penry Jones.Video