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William Petersen talks CSI movie

William Petersen

Story by Jack Foley

A film version of popular crime TV series CSI is to be made, according to its departed star William Petersen.

Speaking to the Radio Times, the actor – who played Gil Grissom in the long-running series, and who also serves as an executive producer of the show – said that it was about finding the right story and doing it for the right reasons because there is a demand.

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

But, according to Petersen, a CSI film is likely while the show is still running. “We can’t wait for CSI to end or Grissom will be about 90,” he added.

CSI was the original series in the lucrative TV franchise (that has since spawned Miami and New York spin-offs] and follows a team of forensic scientists as they investigate murders and strange deaths in and around Las Vegas.

Petersen’s character recently departed the show to make way for Laurence Fishburne but could return next year.

Read our review of Grissom’s departure and Laurence Fishburne’s debut