The 2000 cult flim Snatch told the violent and comical tale of a group of unscrupulous characters getting caught up in a complicated plot involving fight fixing, jewel thieving, and general mayhem. The story was not nearly as important as the frenetic style unleashed by King Arthur director Guy Richie and the acting of the impressively loaded ensemble, including huge stars Brad Pitt, Benicio Del Toro and Jason Statham (not to mention formidable supporting performers Vinnie Jones and Dennis Farina).
Considering the enduring popularity of Snatch as a go-to guy movie, it’s a little surprising there hasn’t been a run of sequels. Instead of a theatrical continuation of Snatch, the world is being treated to an episodic revival that promises more of the violence and humor delivered by the original with another impressive cast of well-known actors.
Crackle gives us a taste of what they have in store when their Snatch hits the streaming site starting on March 16th, 2017. In true teaser fashion, the video doesn’t give away a ton of details. We do get some quick glimpses of the cast, including Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), Luke Pasqualino (Skins), Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl), Lucien Laviscount (Scream Queens), Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible 2) and Phoebe Dynevor (The Village). As the synopsis (via Deadline) hints, the plot will be twisty, the action will be bloody and the humor will be edgy.
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.
Considering its wild storytelling and big ensemble, Snatch seems like a perfect property to adapt the small screen. Ten episodes will give plenty of time to flesh out the characters and get them involved in all sorts of incredibly dangerous criminal adventures. By the looks of it, Snatch will be offering up more than its fair share of titillation as well. All to be expected from a movie based on an early Guy Richie film.
Speaking of Richie (who these days is taking on much more sedate projects), there has been one other TV version of one of his movies. His first big cult hit the classic gangster flick Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels was adapted into a TV series by British network Channel 4 back in 2000 and ran for just one six-episode series. That show was notorious for employing rhyming slang, making some of the dialogue incomprehensible to viewers. The producers of Snatch certainly won’t make the mistake of confusing viewers that way, though there should be plenty of humorous dialogue.
It remains to be seen whether the reboot of Snatch will be as popular with viewers and critics as some other recent movie-to-TV adaptations like Fargo and Hannibal. If Snatch catches on, it will be a big feather in the cap of Crackle, a service that thus far is best-known as the home of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.