THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
GUY RITCHIE (Director/Producer/Screenplay/Story) most
recently directed the acclaimed blockbusters "Sherlock Holmes" and "Sherlock
Holmes: A Game of Shadows," starring Robert Downey Jr. as the famed detective
and Jude Law as his trusted colleague.
Ritchie brought a fresh perspective to the legendary detective, based on an
original story/comic book by Lionel Wigram, inspired by the classic tales of Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle. The films were produced by Joel Silver, Wigram, Susan Downey
and Dan Lin.
Ritchie and Wigram solidified their partnership with the launch of the
production company Ritchie/Wigram, in 2011. The company's first feature is "The
Man from U.N.C.L.E."
Ritchie is currently directing an original King Arthur epic, a sweeping
fantasy action adventure starring Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Djimon
Hounsou, Aidan Gillen, Jude Law and Eric Bana, from a screenplay by Joby Harold,
Ritchie and Lionel Wigram. Ritchie is also producing the film, alongside
"Sherlock Holmes" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." producers Wigram and Steve
Clark-Hall, Akiva Goldsman, Joby Harold, and Tory Tunnell. The film is slated
for release on July 22, 2016.
Ritchie began his career in Britain's film industry in 1993 as a runner on
Wardour Street, working his way up to a director of music videos and
commercials. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short film, "The Hard
Case," about four cockney guys raising money to enter a card game, which formed
the basis for his first feature film.
Ritchie made his writing and directing feature film debut with "Lock, Stock &
Two Smoking Barrels." Made on a modest budget of $1 million and breathing new
life into its genre, the film premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival,
became one of the UK's biggest hits and remains a favorite. Spotlighting
Ritchie's knack for casting and discovering talent, the film launched the
careers of several actors, including Jason Statham. 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.
This was followed by the 2000 hit "Snatch," written and directed by Ritchie,
and winning the Empire Award for Best British Director. Set in the London
criminal underworld, it featured the ensemble cast of Jason Statham, Dennis
Farina, Vinnie Jones, Benicio del Toro and Brad Pitt.
In 2002, Ritchie co-wrote and directed "Swept Away," a remake of the 1974
Italian classic "Travolti da un insolito destino nell'azzurro mare d'agost." The
romantic comedy starred Madonna, Adriano Giannini, Bruce Greenwood, Elizabeth
Banks and Jeanne Tripplehorn.
Ritchie continued to explore new challenges with the edgy "Revolver," with an
all-star cast including Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore, Mark Strong
and Andre Benjamin. He next wrote and directed "RocknRolla." Among the film's
accolades, Ritchie won the Best British
Film Award at the 2009 Empire Awards, and "RocknRolla" was selected to premiere
at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. Its stellar cast featured
Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Idris Elba, Tom
Hardy, Toby Kebbell, Jeremy Piven and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. It was produced
by Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Steve Clark-Hall and Ritchie.
In addition to his feature work, Ritchie's diverse directing credits include
the short film starring David Beckham, for his H&M line; the short film "Star,"
featured in Series 1 of the popular BMW series "The Hire"; and the short film
for Nike, "Take It to the Next Level," which follows the rise and fame of an
up-and-coming Dutch footballer. Featuring the industry's best players, the promo
was an ambitious undertaking for Ritchie going on to win a Gold Lion at the 2008
Cannes International Advertising Festival.
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