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GUY RITCHIE (Director/Screenwriter/Producer) is next set to direct a new big screen adaptation of "Sherlock Holmes,” starring Robert Downey Jr. as the famed detective.

Ritchie was born in London, UK in 1968. He started in the UK film industry in 1993 as a runner on Wardour Street. Ritchie eventually moved on to make music videos and commercials before writing and directing a short film, "The Hard Case,” in 1995.

In 1996, Ritchie wrote and directed his first feature film, "Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels,” which became one of the UK's biggest box office hits. The London Film Critics Circle named Ritchie the British Screenwriter of the Year for the film, which also received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best British Film. The film went on to spawn a series of British gangster flicks and helped launch the Hollywood careers of several British actors, including Jason Statham, Vinnie Jones and Jason Flemyng.

The 2000 hit "Snatch,” written and directed by Ritchie, was his second gangster film starring an original cast of Hollywood names, including Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro and Dennis Farina. Another box office success, "Snatch” also brought Ritchie an Empire Award for Best British Director, firmly establishing him as a new visionary in the film industry.

Following "Snatch,” Ritchie co-wrote and directed "Swept Away,” a remake of the 1974 Italian classic "Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agosto,” starring Madonna and Adrianno Giannini. The film was released in the US in October 2002 and worldwide in April 2003. Prior to "Swept Away,” Ritchie had also directed Madonna in "Star,” a short film promo for BMW and the video for her single "What It Feels Like for a Girl.”

Ritchie's "Revolver,” which premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival, took the audience on a philosophical trip through the mind of a dying man. Although not well received by critics, the film has found a cult audience.

In 2008, Ritchie struck a deal with Nike to direct a short film promo entitled "Take It to the Next Level,” which follows the rise and fame of an up-and-coming footballer. Featuring the industry's best players, the promo went on to be awarded a Golden Lion at Cannes.

Ritchie has written several other projects currently in development, including an untitled animated film and the epic "The Siege of Malta.” He has also created a comic book series with Virgin Comics, "Gamekeeper,” which has been optioned by Silver Pictures and Warner Bros. to be made into a feature film. Further collaborations with Silver include "Sgt. Rock,” based on the DC Comic, in development for 2010.


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