Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Download Ex Machina
Before the DVD release on 8th June
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Take a survey for the chance to win an iPad
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Two New Clips Of Michael Fassbender's Macbeth
Something wicked this way comes...
Podcast #162: Hugh Laurie
Is there a doctor in the house?
Keanu Reeves Gets Terrorised In New Knock Knock Trailer
Eli Roth's home invasion horror gets a promo
Release Date For World War Z Sequel
Zombiegeddon continues in 2017
First Look At Meryl Streep As Florence Foster Jenkins
Missing the high notes with Hugh Grant
Reese Witherspoon Goes Magical For Tink
Disney has her playing a live-action Tinker Bell
Kat Dennings Joins The Croods 2
Leslie Mann also aboard the DreamWorks Animation sequel
Whiplash's Melissa Benoist Driven To Lowriders
She'll star in the car culture drama
Justin Lin Brings Bruce Lee To TV
Developing crime drama Warrior for Cinemax
John C. McGinley Faces Horror In The Belko Experiment
Melonie Diaz is also on for the James Gunn-produced film
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
17 March 2015
Annabelle Wallis Recruited For Guy Ritchie's King Arthur
She'll be Maid Maggie
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
14 August 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
Empire Star Rating
Sherlock Holmes (2009)
Empire Star Rating
RocknRolla (2008)
Empire Star Rating
Revolver
Empire Star Rating
Swept Away
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Guy Ritchie Eyes Empire Rising
A drama set against New York's most famous building

21 August 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

He’s busily preparing to direct The Man From U.N.C.L.E. for Warner Bros. and between that, another Sherlock Holmes and the potential for a visit to Treasure Island, you’d think that Guy Ritchie would have enough on his plate. You would be wrong – Warners has just snapped up the rights to Thomas Kelly’s book Empire Rising as a potential Ritchie film.

Sadly, at this point we must note that, like 300: Rise Of An Empire, the new project is nothing to do with this magazine. No, everyone involved is throwing away a prime opportunity for action, drama, thrills and romance (and that’s just the editor’s journey to work every morning) for yet another tale focused on an iconic bit of New York's skyline. Where’s the imagination? Where’s the love? The Podcast alone could be the source of an amazing film, albeit one that would make the BBFC’s Swear-O-Meter explode after 13 minutes.

Kelly’s novel, which hit shelves in 2006, is a love triangle set in 1930 as the Depression starts to cripple the States and the construction of the Empire State Building begins. Our hero is Michael Briody, an Irish immigrant who plies his trade as a steelworker on the building but who is also running guns for the IRA. Then there’s Johnny Farrell, a bagman for the mayor who has his fingers in all manner of political corruption. And between them is an artist named Grace Masterson, who is chronicling the building work and falls for them both.

The potential here is for an epic historical drama set against one of the most famous landmarks in the world. Kelly – who also oversees TV drama Copper, itself set in 1865 – is on to write the script for Ritchie and producing partner Lionel Wigram, which will sprinkle in real-life figures amongst the fiction.

U.N.C.L.E., meanwhile, has Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill set to lead it, and will kick off shooting soon.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

New Getaway Trailer Revs Up
Ethan Hawke puts his foot down
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Who Are The New Mutants?
Fox’s X-Men spin-off features a bunch of fresh faces. Here’s what you need to know...

Stoical Supermen: 10 Quiet Heroes That Get Stuff Done
Silent but deadly...

Ana Lily Amirpour On A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
'There's nothing sexier than a vampire...'

Rick Baker: Creature By Creature
The make-up effects titan on his greatest creations

12 Of The Weirdest Things Jean-Claude Van Damme Has Done On Camera
Outside of his movies, that is...

Spooks: An Oral History
Cast and crew on the spy smash

Barbarians And Battletrucks: The Weird World Of Mad Max Knock-Offs
20 diversions along the Fury Road

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe and save 48%

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe and save 48%

Subscribe now and save up to 69%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)