Guy Ritchie set to turn ‘The Gentlemen’ into a TV series


Guy Ritchie will be turning The Gentlemen into a TV series, Miramax Television has confirmed to Deadline.

The hugely successful film managed to gross $115 million (£89m) worldwide.

And now the success is set to continue, as the concept branches out into a new TV series written and directed by Ritchie.

Marc Helwig, Miramax’s head of worldwide television, said: “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 Ritchie. Credit: PA

Along with Ritchie being in the director’s chair, he will also produce alongside Ivan Atkinson and Marn Davies, his fellow producers on the original film.

According to Deadline, the new series will mean The Gentlemen has come full circle, as it originally began life as a TV pitch before being made into a feature film.

Billing itself as a ‘star-studded sophisticated action comedy’, the movie features an ensemble cast including the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Grant, Colin Farrell, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding, Michelle Dockery, Jeremy Strong and Eddie Marsan.

A synopsis says: “The Gentlemen follows American expat Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) who built a highly profitable marijuana empire in London.

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“When word gets out that he’s looking to cash out of the business forever it triggers plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain out from under him.”

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the new release last year, Ritchie said he wanted to bring both sides of the Atlantic together.

He said: “What I wanted to do was to bring subcultures together from both sides of the Atlantic.

“An American comes to England to be clever and get a job in the conventional fashion, but then takes his smarts through his connections at Oxford and realises there’s more money to be made in the marijuana game, and capitalises on the entrepreneurial New World spirit with the comfortable and exciting juxtaposition of British aristocracy.

“So what I wanted was British aristocracy, New World American drive, and all of the fun to be had with bringing those two worlds together. Marijuana’s kind of fun, but nevertheless serious and there’s money involved.”