As many of you may recall, towards the end of Guy Ritchie‘s The Gentlemen, there was a tongue-in-cheek moment where Hugh Grant’s Fletcher optioned the film’s entire story to Miramax studios. As it turns out, that scene was far more meta than we gave it credit for with the announcement The Gentlemen TV series is now in development – and currently in negotiations to receive the green light from Netflix.
Commissioned by Miramax Television, the pilot script has reportedly been co-written by Guy Ritchie himself and Peaky Blinders producer Matthew Read, the former having also signed on to direct the first two episodes and serve as executive producer alongside the original film’s producers Ivan Atkinson, Marn Davies, and Bill Block. In other words, should everything go according to plan, we can breathe a little easier knowing everything behind the cameras is pretty much sorted. For the most part.
This represents something of a full-circle moment for Ritchie and The Gentlemen as a whole. Prior to the pandemic, the Matthew McConaughey and Charlie Hunnam-led action-comedy was pitched as a series, before eventually taking the form of a feature-length affair screened in theatres around the world. Cut to 2022, and it’s working in the other direction, with grand hopes of securing the best of both worlds.
“Miramax Television is thrilled to break new creative ground in our partnership with Guy Ritchie on The Gentlemen,” Miramax Head of World Television Marc Helwig stated during the project’s initial announcement.
“One of the most distinctive and prolific filmmakers working today and someone whose creativity I have admired for many years, we couldn’t be more excited to bring the cinematic journey of The Gentlemen forth into the realm of global premium television.”
As for talent in front of the cameras, however, that detail of the forthcoming production has not yet been confirmed. While audiences would understandably love to see Matthew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam, Colin Farrell, and Hugh Grant return for The Gentlemen TV series, given how active their respective careers are, it seems unlikely. But I have been wrong before.
Clearly, the appeal is there. How else does a flick with a relatively modest $22 million budget gross over $115 million globally? At this stage, it’s simply a matter of the boardroom suits making the
right obvious decision.
The Gentlemen official synopsis:
Mickey Pearson (portrayed by Matthew McConaughey) is an American expatriate who became rich by building a highly profitable marijuana empire in London. When word gets out that he's looking to cash out of the business, it soon triggers an array of plots and schemes - including bribery and blackmail - from shady characters who want to steal his domain.