Guy Richie's hit movie The Gentlemen is heading to the small screen with news that the film is being developed into a TV series. Richie will write and direct the series which is reportedly on the fast-track to production. The movie starred Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Pearson, an American who has spent years building a thriving marijuana empire in London. However, when Mickey grows tired of a life of crime and wants to cash out, it sets in motion a series of events that sees rivals scheming to take his place.
The Gentlemen was a return to the crime capers like Lock Stock, and Snatch that Richie made a name for himself with more than 20 years ago. While by no means on-par with his earlier work, The Gentlemen was a fun watch especially for Hugh Grant playing against type as a sleazy journalist. Costing a modest $22 million to make, The Gentlemen grossed more than $115 million worldwide. Naturally, its theatrical run was cut short owing to the pandemic, but for an R-rated crime thriller from the director of Disney's Aladdin, that's pretty good.
The series is being set up at Miramax TV, the restructured studio's new Head of Worldwide TV Marc Helwig made the announcement in a statement released via Deadline.
“Miramax Television is thrilled to break new creative ground in our partnership with Guy Ritchie on The Gentlemen. One of the most distinctive and prolific filmmakers working today and someone whose creativity I have admired for many years, we couldn’t be more excited to bring the cinematic journey of The Gentlemen forth into the realm of global premium television.”
Guy Richie is currently in post-production on new action-thriller Wrath of Man, based on the book Cash Truck by Nicolas Boukhrief the film will reunite Richie with Jason Statham for the first time since 2005's Revolver. The Gentlemen is part of Miramax TV' renewed efforts to turn its vast back catalogue of movies into TV shows. Last month it was revealed that 90s creature feature Mimic is getting the small-screen treatment.
The Gentlemen is available to stream on Amazon Prime.