Remember when Guy Ritchie made his long-awaited return to the gangster flick with The Gentlemen earlier this year? Yes, that was this year, back in January 2020. And in the decade that passed in the 9 months since The Gentlemen came out, it has earned enough of a following for Miramax TV to commission a TV series adaptation, written and directed by Ritchie himself. It curiously brings the project full circle, as The Gentlemen started off as a TV series pitch before it became a feature.
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Director Guy Ritchie plucked Jason Statham from the world of modeling and gave him his first acting job in 1998’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The two have reunited multiple times over the years – in 2000’s Snatch, 2005’s Revolver, and again in next year’s Wrath of Man – and now the duo are getting together to make yet another new movie. Ritchie will direct Five Eyes, a spy thriller in which Statham will play the lead character…who happens to have a pretty spectacular name. Read More »
The live-action Aladdin is preparing for another round on the magic carpet. A sequel to the 2019 live-action remake of Aladdin is officially in the works at Disney, with the studio hiring Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton) and John Gatins (Flight) to map out the new plot for Aladdin 2. Guy Ritchie is returning to helm the sequel which, according to reports, will follow an entirely new story inspired by One Thousand and One Nights. Sorry, The Return of Jafar fans.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch a fanmade trailer for a Legend of Zelda movie in the style of animated movies from Studio Ghibli. Listen as director Guy Ritchie breaks down a scene from The Gentlemen with the film’s cast, and Saturday Night Live cast member Aidy Bryant tells some stories from behind the scenes of her eight seasons on the long-running late night sketch series. Read More »
When you’re a cannabis baron who wants to get out of the game, you will inevitably have gangster upstarts sniffing around your territory. That’s the dynamic of this clip from Guy Ritchie’s upcoming gangster movie The Gentlemen, which stars Matthew McConaughey as a self-made millionaire drug lord who is ready to retire. But the sharks start to smell blood, including Henry Golding‘s underboss Dry Eye, who takes a meeting with the American gangster. A meeting, as we see in this clip, that does not go well.
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The Gentlemen is being touted as a return to form for Guy Ritchie — not the director behind blockbuster bombs like King Arthur or tepid Disney live-action remakes like Aladdin, but the electric, raucous auteur behind Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. And Ritchie is aware of this going into The Gentlemen, a contemporary gangster movie that has a sense of timelessness to it. But The Gentlemen is very much about the times, or rather, a time gone by: the era in which gangsters did things the old, mean, dirty way. But the times, they are a’changing, and a new guard of gangsters — represented by a delightfully unhinged Henry Golding — threatens to upend the balance. Or do they?
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(Welcome to The Streamer’s Guide, a new monthly feature recommending at-home viewing options from filmmakers with new movies arriving in theaters this month.)
You may recognize this column name from its appearances surrounding the Sundance, Toronto and New York film festivals over the last two years. Festivals provide an important opportunity to assess filmmakers releasing new works and contextualizing them within their previous projects. They’re often useful for cinephiles and writers looking for growth or an auteurist stamp.
But … why limit it to just festivals? Each month offers a fresh crop of new releases, many of which are culminations or further explorations of elements from those creative teams’ prior work. So we’ve now expanded this feature to encompass each month’s new releases, and believe it or not, there are even things to look at in the barren terrain of January – Hollywood’s traditional graveyard for ominous-looking releases.
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Since we’re almost to the end of 2019, it’s time to start looking forward to the movies of 2020. Normally, January is a dumping ground for some pretty bad movies, but one possible bright spot appears to be director Guy Ritchie‘s return to shady crime in London
The Gentlemen stars Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Pearson, the overseer of a massive marijuana empire in London. But when word that he might be dropping out of the business gets around, he’s challenged by a young up-and-comer (Henry Golding), and soon everyone seems to be looking to fill the void that might get left behind. Watch a new The Gentlemen trailer below to get a look at some new footage. Read More »
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Director Guy Ritchie is returning to his London gangster roots next year with the ensemble crime film The Gentlemen, but he’s not done scratching that crime thriller itch just yet. Ritchie is already lining up his next film, Cash Truck, and he’s hired Jason Statham and Scott Eastwood to star, reuniting those actors after they worked together on 2017’s The Fate of the Furious. Learn the film’s plot details below. Read More »
Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham are getting the band back together. The duo, who worked together on Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and Revolver, are set to reunite for a remake of the 2004 French film Le Convoyeur. The original film followed a disturbed man who takes a job at an armored truck company and begins keeping tabs on all of his coworkers.
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