Long running hit spy drama getting big screen treatment…

UK production banners Kudos and Shine Pictures have announced that the Bafta-award winning BBC series ‘Spooks,’ which ended in 2011 after a ten year run, is to get a big-screen adaptation titled ‘Spooks: The Greater Good.’

Set to shoot the first quarter of 2014, the film is to be directed by Bharat Nalluri who has was the originating director of the TV series as well as successful primetime dramas (‘Torchwood,’ ‘Hustle’) and the Golden Globe nominated HBO movie, ‘Tsunami: The Aftermath.’

‘Spooks: The Greater Good’ will open with charismatic terrorist Adam Qasim escaping from MI5 custody during a routine handover and legendary Head of Counterterrorism, Harry Pearce (played by Peter Firth), is blamed. When the disgraced Pearce disappears one night off a bridge into the Thames, his protégé Will Crombie (Kit Harington of ‘Game of Thrones’ fame) is called in to help uncover what happened. Could Harry have gone rogue and be complicit in Qasim’s escape? With a devastating attack on London imminent, Will finds himself on the trail of a conspiracy whose threads reach from the rooftops of Vietnam to the shores of the Mediterranean.

Jennifer Ehle (‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ ‘Contagion’) will take the role of Dame Geraldine Maltby, the Deputy Director-General of MI5.

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 BBC1 and Ollie Madden (‘Sherlock Holmes’), for Shine Pictures.