Turning popular films and franchises into television series is all the rave in Hollywood right now, with Lethal Weapon, The Lost Boys, Let the Right One In, and The Warriors all on their way to receiving the television treatment, to just name a few. The growing list of properties set to transition formats only seems to be growing more and more now though, and it looks like the latest addition to the list has just found its lead star and executive producer.
Deadline is reporting that Harry Potter star Rupert Grint will be leading the new Snatch TV series, based on Guy Ritchie’s beloved, star-studded crime film from 2000, along with serving as an executive producer on it. The new series will have its home on Sony’s streaming service, Crackle, with Nick Renton set to direct it and Grint joining the also cast Dougray Scott and Ed Westwick.
None of the film’s original stars, including Brad Pitt, Jason Statham, or Benicio del Toro will be returning for the new series, though it promises to deliver a similar story and tone of the original film, with an entirely new set of characters.
While a majority of information surrounding the new series is being kept in the dark for the time being as well, it has been announced that the new lineup of characters will include Charlie Cavendish (played by Grint), who is described as being a chaotic and totally posh con man, Vic Hill ( played by Scott), who maintains the con game from inside prison, and Sonny Castillo (played by Westwick) a night club owner.
Inspired by a real heist in London, the new series follows a group of twenty-something, up-and-coming criminals who happen upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are unexpectedly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime. As rogue cops, gypsy fighters, international mobsters and local villains begin to target them, the boys must quickly learn how to navigate the treacherous waters of London’s underworld.
Production on the series will begin in Manchester next week, with ten episodes already ordered and a 2017 premiere date set on Crackle.
Grint has been trying to make the transition over to television for several years now as well, after struggling to bring a TV pilot to life, but it looks like Snatch could prove to be the post-Potter launching pad that both he and his fans have been waiting for.Whether or not he’ll be able to separate himself from his role as Ron Weasley and pull off the suave con man in the new series will have to wait to be seen, but out of the many film-to-TV adaptations in the works right now, this seems like one of the more promising. Hopefully, at least.
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