William Peterson Talks CSI: The Movie

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csi William Peterson Talks CSI: The MovieWilliam Peterson who played Gil Grissom in the first nine seasons of the hit procedural police show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has confirmed that a film version of the show is in production.

Speaking to The Radio Times, the star (who also produces the show) said that the film would probably happen sooner rather than later and that the film would need a solid story – so that it wasn’t just a case of “making it for the money.”

The star also indicated that he would also return to his signature role for the film even though in the series his character was recently replaced by Laurence Fishburne in the smash hit show.

Speaking to the BBC publication, Peterson said that he understood that fans of the series would be worried that a film version might ruin their enjoyment of the show:

“I can understand people are a little trepidatious because of the franchise around the world and how well it’s doing. Usually people leave it till a series has finished – they did that with The X-Files and Sex And The City. But it’s about finding the right story.”

He went on to say that a story for the film was key:

“There has got to be a real reason to do it. You don’t just do it because you want to make money; you do it because there’s a story that can’t be told on TV and needs to be told from CSI’s perspective and the audience wants it.”

Peterson went on to say that a film version of CSI would hit screens before the series came to an end – or before he got too old:

“And we can’t wait for CSI to end or Grissom will be about 90.”

The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced CSI series has been a huge success around the world leading to two spin-off series’ – CSI: Miami (with David Caruso) and CSI: New York (with Gary Sinise).

What a film version of the show would entail would be anybodies guess – would it involve the stars of all three shows teaming up to solve a crime in an international location? An exotic locale would appear to have the kind of budget limitations that keep the show US-based (a London spin-off was even in planning at one point).

With Peterson indicating that he would appear in the film, it would imply that the current crop of TV stars would be featured in the film rather than recasting. Having said that, the brand is interchangeable enough that anybody could star in a film version.

Before Fishburne was given the role of Dr Raymond Langston (Peterson’s replacement), Michael Keaton and Kurt Russell were considered for the role – could a movie version lead to one of these actors snapping on the latex?

Whatever happens you can be sure to find the news about CSI: The Movie on Screen Rant.

Source: BBC

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  1. If they could write in a serial killer that targets and takes out the cast of Miami, New York AND Las Vegas all in the same movie. I’d pay to see that one. I’m totally C.S.I.’d out. I don’t think Morpheus could even get Neo to save this show lol.

  2. im not all that suprised w/ how popular the series is

  3. potential is there but it’s a longshot to be done right. shows don’t translate to the big screen very well, Imo.

  4. I stopped watching once Gary Dourdan left the show. Then I heard both Jorja and Petersen were leaving I saw no reason to come back to the show.

    Frankly, I don’t think the crime investigation formula works for a movie. It would just feel like an extended episode. But any way, the only way I would consider seeing it in theaters is if they got the original cast back together, and maybe if they brought in Caruso and Sinese.

  5. Jorja left nearly a year before Gary did. And Gary’s character is dead, so I doubt there is going to be any bringing the original cast back together, unless it is CSI investigating a zombie outbreak.

  6. Half the people who use to like this show stopped watching it cause Megan and Grissom left. My Uncle use to love CSI, now he doesn’t go near it.

  7. Who knows if this will ever actually happen.

    I do however like Petersen’s thinking that the movie would happen during the series’ run. It makes total sense to me that for any popular television show there is room for a movie AND the weekly show.

    What better way to mix things up every once and a while than have a big budget storyline on the big screen in between seasons. I think it makes marketing sense and I think the fans would love it. I for one would see a Jerry Bruckheimer produced CSI movie.

    • I totally agree!! I would love a csi movie I’ve been wanting one for awhile. Its like with the xfiles. They made a movie during the fourth season and it was a big success. and I don’t think they should bring neone new in. The fans who want a csi movie would want the original cast. And even though warrick is dead that doesn’t mean they can’t make a movie without him. They’ve continued the show without him. And now that jorja is back and william petersen said he would be in the movie, there’s nothing stopping them!

  8. Love the idea of a movie, but share Petersen’s seeming hesitation to have it made unless it’s done “right.” If done well, it would be terrific. I have faith the writers could write a good script; I think they are the best writers in TV today. Hope it happens!!

  9. I have to admit, making a movie of CSI might work. There is still one problem, if the orginal cast does not appear in their original roles, as in the TV version, then what is the point? Concerning Gary, even though his character is dead,from the TV series, why couldn’t he appear in scenes, as a memory of “what use to be” and in turn help solve this paticular crime!?! Kind of like returning from the grave in their memories and something he said or did, helps the cast rethink how to approach that crisis. Just a thought. I would pay to see CSI in a motion picture format, I think it would be awesome.

  10. YESS!!! Personally – having read somewhere else that it may be in Paris – I think it will include the wedding of Grissom and Sara, i hope so anyway! I think it would work great, either the CSI’s go to see Grissom and Sara’s wedding and they all end up working together to find a killer when they find a dead body somewhere or someone kills someone at the wedding, or theres a huge serial killer on the loose and Grissom and Sara are needed, because Jorja is going to be in it as well, it would totally ROCK! But i think we can almost garuantee that the wedding will be included….agreed?? :P

  11. I stopped watching the show when Laurence Fishburn came into it. Grisson was irreplaceble. So why replace him at all. :(

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