Exclusive: U.K. companies in early stages of developing a feature film based on Cinemax series

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Strike Back could be coming, well, back — and bigger than ever.

Left Bank Pictures is developing a feature film based on the cult hit Cinemax action series, EW has learned exclusively.

While still very much at an early stage, the London-based production company has a deal to develop the film with European pay TV giant Sky.

We’re hearing stars Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester would likely reprise their roles if the film is greenlit.

Producers are also in early talks with getting Strike Back‘s U.S. distributor and production partner Cinemax on board too, but no deal has yet been struck on that front.

If everything goes according to plan, the film would shoot in South America in 2016, with the hope of developing Strike Back into a theatrical franchise.

Strike Back finished its fifth and final season in July. Strike Back follows the adventures of a secretive branch of the British Defense Intelligence service who take on high risk missions around the globe and is based on a novel of the same name by former Special Air Service soldier Chris Ryan.

The move comes on the heels of Bill Clinton revealing that Strike Back is among his favorite TV series during a recent interview, saying he “adores” the show.

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Earlier this week, reports spread of another premium cable series getting a big-screen development deal: HBO’s Game of Thrones. The rumor stemmed from a UK tabloid which claimed to have interviewed author George R.R. Martin.

Several years ago, EW was the first outlet to report that some of the players involved in Thrones are interested in capping the series with a feature film. We have also reported that HBO is resistant to this idea. The network’s top executives have noted that the service is a television business, and it makes the most sense for a serialized drama that begins on HBO to stay on HBO through its conclusion (the Sex and the City films and the Entourage movie were stand-alone stories made years after their respective shows ended). My understanding is HBO’s position on this has not changed and there is no movement on any film development. That said, Thrones is clearly cinematic and popular enough to sustain a movie, and an eventual theatrical work set in Martin’s world — either concluding the series or telling a separate story — would hardly surprise. The one thing I’m very sure of is the eventual end of Thrones on HBO will not be the end of Westeros in filmed entertainment. Martin has created a vast and detailed world that’s alive in the imagination of millions and it’s here to stay.

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