9:02am PT by Kate Stanhope
Crackle Greenlights 'Snatch' Series Inspired by Guy Ritchie Film
Crackle is pulling from its parent company's film library for its latest original scripted series.
The streaming service has ordered the series Snatch, inspired by the 2001 Guy Ritchie film of the same name, it was announced Wednesday.
Released by Sony's Screen Gems label stateside and by Columbia Pictures internationally, the British comedy centered on two interweaving plots about the search for a stolen diamond and a small-time boxing promoter under the thumb of a ruthless gangster. The ensemble film featured Brad Pitt, Benicio del Toro, Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones and the late Dennis Farina, among others.
In its description of the series, Crackle compares the TV version of Snatch to FX critical darling Fargo, in that it will "carry the spirit" of the original source material, but establish a new world separate from the movie. Informed by a real life London heist, the show centers on a group of twentysomething up-and-coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime.
No executive producers or talent are attached to the project yet, and it remains unclear whether Ritchie will actively be involved in the series. Joel and Ethan Coen serve as executive producers on FX's Fargo in name only. Ten hour-long episodes have been ordered.
Snatch joins sophomore drama The Art of More, starring Dennis Quaid, Kate Bosworth, Christian Cooke and Cary Elwes, and forthcoming original tech drama StartUp toplined by Adam Brody and Martin Freeman. As part of its upfronts presentation, Crackle also released a first look at the latter, which can be found below.
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Crackle also announced it is joining forces with NBC Sports Group on its original unscripted series Sports Jeopardy! Hosted by Dan Patrick, original episodes of the quiz show will air on NBCSN following the network's nightly coverage of the Rio Olympics beginning Aug. 6. The show will air nightly for two consecutive weeks and then return with new episodes in fall 2016 as part of a multi-year agreement that also includes past episodes of Sports Jeopardy!