Miramax will Bring Guy Ritchie’s ‘Toff Guys’ to Theaters
Guy Ritchie is headed back to work
Miramax’s CEO, Bill Block, announced a new deal this week that will have the studio financing Guy Ritchie’s new film “Toff Guys”. In the film Ritchie will explore the collision between old-money European wealth and the modern marijuana industrial complex. According to the announcement, Ritchie will direct and produce the film, which was written with Marn Davies and Ivan Atkinson.
“Movies like Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels launched Guy’s career and opened up a new genre to audiences. We are thrilled to work with a master filmmaker in his element who is committed to delivering a super fun kick ass theatrical experience” said Miramax CEO, Bill Block.
“Teaming with the financing power of Miramax, along with Guy Ritchie, one of the most commercial and successful of UK directors couldn’t be more exciting for Rocket Science.” said Thorsten Schumacher MD of Rocket Science.
Ritchie has been behind the camera for several recent hits, including the “Sherlock Holmes” franchise and “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” reboot. The first Sherlock film, starring Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, and Rachel McAdams, brought in over $524M worldwide and the sequel grossed over $545M. “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” wasn’t as well received as Sherlock Holmes, but the film was still a financial success after grossing over $109M worldwide.
The director will also be working on Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of “Aladdin”.
That’s not to say Ritchie hasn’t had his missteps, last year’s “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” with Charlie Hunnam, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, and Jude Law, was an instant dud at theaters. The actioner only brought in $39M total domestically and $148M worldwide. The film had an estimated budget of $175M.
CEO Bill Block and Miramax Consultant Crystal Bourbeau initiated the sale with Thorsten Schumacher from Rocket. Bourbeau was recently EVP of International Sales and Distribution for Lionsgate where she was responsible for licensing and distribution initiatives. The deal was negotiated by CAA Media Finance at Cannes where Miramax is in attendance.