Guy Ritchie May Direct ‘Empire Rising’ After ‘Man from U.N.C.L.E.’

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Guy Ritchie may have first gained global acclaim as the writer and director of crime thrillers like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch. However, more recently, the director has focused on studio fare with his Sherlock Holmes films – that other hit franchise starring Robert Downey Jr.

In the wake of that series’ success, Ritchie has joined the ranks of Hollywood’s most in-demand directors. He was rumored to direct such myriad projects as a new Treasure Island adaptation, his own take on the King Arthur legend and a film starring DC Comics’ anti-hero Lobo before finally settling on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. as his next project. Now it appears he may have already decided on his follow-up to U.N.C.L.E.

According to THR, Ritchie is attached to direct a film adaptation of the 2006 Thomas Kelly novel Empire Rising for Warner Bros. The story takes place in 1930 during the construction of the Empire State Building and follows a love triangle between steelworker/IRA gun-runner Michael Briody, painter Grace Masterson and mayoral aide Johnny Farell. Kelly – who currently serves as a writer/producer for BBC America’s Copper – will write the film, with Ritchie and Lionel Wigram (Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) attached to produce.

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With its historical ties and dark secrets, Empire Rising does sound like it could be a riveting piece of cinema set during the Depression era. Ritchie has already proven that he can adeptly handle both period pieces and dark, complicated tales with his previous work, and Warner Bros. must be confident that he can deliver with Empire Rising. After all, the studio is responsible for his past three films, including The Man from U.N.C.L.E. starring Man of Steel star Henry Cavill.

In Empire Rising, the city of New York is reportedly as much a character as any of the flesh-and-blood humans its story features, and the fact that Kelly has previously used the city as a backdrop for the stories he’s told on both Copper and on the 8 episodes of Blue Bloods that he’s written certainly bodes well for Ritchie’s film. Of course, time will tell if all these elements come together to create a compelling film, though there is reason to be hopeful.

Do you think Ritchie is the right choice to direct Empire Rising, or should Warner Bros. have put their faith elsewhere? Let us know in the comments section below.


Stay tuned to Screen Rant for updates on Empire Rising as the film gets closer to production.

Source: THR

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  1. I’m really confused at the moment. Are his films in pre/mid/post production “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, “Sherlock 3″, and maybe “Empire Rising”? If so.. what order are these being made in? It’s already been close to two years from the last RDJ “Sherlock” and I’d really like that to be the next one he makes instead of “U.N.C.L.E.”. Any info Screen Rant on the order of things??

    • My best guess is that The Man From UNCLE will be coming out around the end of 2015 (Holiday season).

      It sounds kind of interesting, so I’m fine with waiting for that movie, but I agree,
      I want SH3! The great thing about that franchise is it isn’t dependent on actors’ age, so basically, RDJ can keep playing Sherlock Holmes till he’s 80, but at the same time, I don’t want to wait another 4 or 5 years to see the next movie.

      Also, I’d really like to see in the third one is less action and more detective-y stuff. What I loved about the first one was that it had an almost perfect balance between a true crime thriller, and an action packed adventure film. The second one was leaning a bit too much towards the latter, so speaking as a fan, it would be fantastic to get that balance back…

      • Yeah i really want the third sherlock holmes, and i agree with The Avenger in that the second had to much action but the first had the right balance.

        I think its weird that we havent heard anything about the third film. Robert Downey Jr is more popular than ever and the second film was more successful at the boxoffice (Worldwide) than the first. so from a studio perspective you would think they would want to release another one while everything/one is in demand.

  2. I hope Man From Uncle is good, as I grew up watching the old TV series. I could also handle an adaptation of Treasure Island and of King Arthur, also entertaining fare if done right.

  3. The story of the building of the Empire State Building
    is a fascinating piece of architectural history by itself.

    The building was the first Moon shot having major cultural
    impact and a lasting legacy for my money as the greatest
    building in the world and an Art Deco masterpiece of design.

    The fact that it was completed in less than 15 months
    paints a stark contrast to the rebuilding of the World
    Trade Center with its redesigns and endless delays.

    Of course, I live nearby and I might be prejudiced.
    The Empire State Building is my beacon home.

    • Zero interest in Man from Uncle or Empire Rising. Sherlock 3 would be great.

      Am I the only person waiting for The Real Rocknrolla?

      • Guy Richie is just the wrong director if you ask me.
        As much as I would like to see a movie incorporating
        the building of the building I have no interest in this one.

      • UNCLE and Sherlock have so much in common, why no interest in U.N.C.L.E.?

  4. What!? Where’s Sherlock Holmes 3 Mr. Ritchie!? I want some more Sherlock and Watson action with RDJ and Jude Law!

  5. I also would love to see a sequel to RockNRolla, I thought that movie was awesome, some of his best work, in my opinion. I’ve always loved his style, and would be first in line if RockNRolla 2 were to come out.