Guy Ritchie's cult classic Snatch was released way back in the year 2000, but 16 years later it's evident its influence lives on, and with shows like Peaky Blinders claiming big audiences it's easy to see that people can't get enough of a good British crime story. What made Snatch so special was its distinctive tongue-in-cheek humor, which made it one of the most quotable films in recent memory. The dialogue was brought to life by veterans of the gangster genre: Benicio Del Toro, Jason Statham, Brad Pitt, Stephen Graham, to name a few.
Check out the trailer to the original Snatch below:
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Meet The Gangsters
Sony has announced that it will produce a 10-episode TV adaptation of the infamous crime caper starring Hogwarts's very own Rupert Grint as the lead, Charlie Cavendish. The protagonist has been described as "dynamic, frustratingly chaotic, and utterly posh." It's been a while since we've seen Grint on the small or big screen, so it will be great to see him sink his teeth into this gritty role. Snatch will be broadcast on Sony's free streaming service Crackle and they have released a statement that details the story the show will cover over the 10 episodes as well:
Inspired by a real-life heist in London, 'Snatch,' centers on a group of twenty-something, 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. The boys must quickly learn to navigate the treacherous waters of London’s underworld as rogue cops, gypsy fighters, international mobsters, and local villains descend.
Grint has been cast alongside Dougray Scott (Fear The Walking Dead) and Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) but as more of the cast list is revealed, chances are there will be a few veterans of the crime genre peppered in there to give it that authenticity. Grint has been training his comedy muscle on Broadway with Nathan Lane in It's Only A Play, in addition to the upcoming Sky series Sick Note alongside Nick Frost and Don Johnson (Miami Vice). Witty dialogue was the what set the original apart from other run-of-the-mill heist films, and it looks as though Crackle has found a good fit in Mark Renton as producer.
Renton produced and directed The Musketeers for BBC and won the attention of critics for exploring new ground on what many thought was a well-worn story. He combined realist grit with witty back-and-forth dialogue to produce something snappy and modern. A Crackle spokesperson compared the adaptation to that of the Fargo series, using the original film as a spring board but creating its own equally vibrant universe with distinctive characters.
Check out Renton's previous series The Musketeers below:
Written For An American Audience?
Despite being set in London, shot in Manchester, and depicting a typically British story, Snatch the series has only been announced for an American audience. This is perhaps an indication of what to expect in regard to story and dialogue as American audiences had a tough time understanding the Cockney slang and humor of the original, not to mention Brad Pitt's stellar impression of an Irish traveler.
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Crackle hinted that the Snatch series might be later streamed in the UK but did not confirm a date, since the streaming service is not yet available outside the US. Production begins in Manchester next week and the show will be released late in 2017. With Mark Renton at the helm and the beginnings of an interesting cast, it's hard to see how this series could go tits up.
Who would you like to see added to the cast?