Objectively speaking, Snatch is one of Guy Ritchie’s few films that the non-diehard fans are aware of. Apart from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Sherlock Holmes (the second one more than the first one), it’s really one of his only signatures. Thus, is it any wonder that Ritchie would want to capitalize on one of his most moneymaking projects by cashing in on some much needed royalties? No.
The TV adaptation of Snatch, accordingly, is upon us. Produced by its star, Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint, and The Calcium Kid‘s Alex De Rakoff, it’s doubtful that the show will capture quite the same roguishness as the film. Plus, you have Ed Westwick as a cast member (where else was he going to go after Chuck Bass except to a role that could make him seem even smarmier?–but hey, at least he finally gets to speak in his own accent), which really doesn’t bode well.
With none of the same characters returning (Clueless it is not), Grint plays the lead Charlie Cavendish, presumably the alternative to the film’s original anchor for the rest of the cast, Turkish (Jason Statham). Whatever the interpretation of Ritchie’s original screenplay might be, one thing is quite clear: it’s going to provide at least some temporary extra cash for all the mouths Guy has to feed these days (three with Jacqui Ainsley and two with the Supreme, Madonna).
Slated to premiere on the online network Crackle, best known for Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, it will be quite interesting to see just how long Snatch lasts as a TV show, and how much money it will afford Guy before Sherlock Holmes 3.