Ritchie rocks with ensemble Brit caper pic
EmptyGuy Ritchie is returning to the genre in which he made his name, coming aboard to helm a caper movie titled "RocknRolla." It is being produced by Joel Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment.
"RocknRolla," which Ritchie wrote, is in the same vein as the filmmaker's "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch" movies: ensemble British gangster flicks. The story zeroes in on the changing London gangster scene, with new nationalities coming into the city with lots of money and making bold plays, while the old mobsters lose ground.
The movie would be modestly budgeted and be made under Silver's Dark Castle label, which finances genre-oriented pictures that will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures. "RocknRolla" would be the second Dark Castle pic, following "Whiteout," which is shooting with Kate Beckinsale starring.
Casting for "RocknRolla" is under way, with the filmmakers eyeing a summer shoot.
Silver and Ritchie are producing the movie, as are Steve Clark Hall and Susan Downey. Dark Castle's Steve Richards and Navid McIlhargey are exec producing. Lauren Meek is associate producing.
Ritchie's most recent movie was 2005's "Revolver." He is repped by CAA.