The potential for Snatch Wars (if you haven’t seen this you’re welcome, by the way) becoming a legitimate TV series might be a missed opportunity, but a televised take on Guy Ritchie’s classic lad-gangster film Snatch hasn’t been overlooked. Appearing online over the weekend, the Rupert Grint-starring serialised spin-off is set to stream its entire first season on Crackle in March and might leave fans twitching in their seats. Showing off some very similar looking geezers in overcoats walking down dodgy London streets in slow-motion, it certainly looks and sounds like the original film from 2000. The question is will it be as good?
Inspired by a real life heist in London, “Snatch,” centers on a group of twenty-something, up and coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime. The boys must quickly learn to navigate the treacherous waters of London’s underworld as rogue cops, gypsy fighters, international mobsters and local villains descend.
It’s really hard not to compare the footage to what still is the pinnacle of Guy Ritchie’s filmography, but what’s interesting is how certain scenes from even his début, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels make their presence known as well. We’ve seen a bar like that before only with a slightly quieter Jason Statham before he made a career out of kicking people’s heads in, making the series seem more like an ode to Ritchie golden era, more than anything. It’s this vibe and undeniable vision that showrunner Alex De Rakoff has taken on board, explaining his original intentions for his version of Snatch to Nerdist.
“I’ve known [original Snatch film director] Guy [Ritchie] for a long time so when I was approached by Crackle to look at this I went to him and said, ‘How do you feel about it? Do I do it?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, if it’s f–king good,’” showrunner Alex De Rakoff said at the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association press tour panel. “And that was the end of it. I took that on and worked tirelessly ever since to try and do something that in some way holds up to the standard of the original film.”
Of course, we can only be judges of that and we can keep our fingers crossed he’s managed the impossible when the show goes live on Crackle March 16 with the talent of Rupert Grint and Ed Westwick lending a hand. Either that or we’re going to have to give Bullet Tooth a call.
What do you think though, does the new trailer get you excited for Snatch: The Series or do you feel that stealing stones and breaking bones should be left to the original? Let us know in the comments below.