‘Toff Guys’: Guy Ritchie is Returning to His ‘Snatch’ & ‘Lock, Stock’ Style of Crime Film

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If you’ve missed the Guy Ritchie from the good ol’ days of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, you’re in luck.

The filmmaker will next be directing Toff Guys, which will reportedly find him once again tackling that energetic, highly stylised brand of British crime cinema that catapulted him to the big time.

Toff Guys, reports Deadline, will be…

… set at the intersection of ‘Sexy Beast’ and ‘Downton Abbey’, and follows a very English drug lord attempting to cash out on his highly profitable empire by selling it off to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires.

Ritchie wrote the screenplay alongside Marn Davies & Ivan Atkinson and is also on board to produce. CAA Media Finance and Rocket Science will be taking the project to foreign and domestic buyers at Cannes next week, where it will likely be picked up by some major studios.

It’s good to see Ritchie returning to this particular space after working on big studio projects since 2009’s Robert Downey Jr-starring Sherlock Holmes, a hit that he followed up with a successful sequel in 2011. His most recent two films haven’t done as well. Ritchie’s 2015 effort The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has received some love from audiences since release, but the film failed to spark up the box office, raking in only $US109.8 million from a $US75 million budget. And Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was a big flop last year, earning just $US148.6 million from a budget that spiraled up to a massive $US175 million.

There are a lot of eyes on Ritchie’s next big studio picture, Disney’s upcoming live-action version of Aladdin, currently in post-production and set for US release on May 24, 2019.

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