KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD
GUY RITCHIE (Director/Producer/Screenplay) is an accomplished
storyteller who has been entertaining audiences with his dynamic cinematic style
for nearly two decades.
His recent credits include directing the acclaimed blockbusters "Sherlock
Holmes" and "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," starring Robert Downey Jr. as
the famed detective and Jude Law as his trusted colleague. Ritchie brought a
fresh perspective to the legendary detective, based on an original story/comic
book by Lionel Wigram, inspired by the classic tales of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The films were produced by Joel Silver, Wigram, Susan Downey and Dan Lin.
Most recently, Ritchie directed "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," a fresh take on the
hugely popular 1960s television series starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer,
Alicia Vikander and Hugh Grant. Ritchie wrote the screenplay with Wigram, and
served as a producer.
Ritchie and Wigram solidified their partnership with the launch of the
production company Ritchie/Wigram, in 2011. The company's first feature was "The
Man from U.N.C.L.E." In addition to feature films under the Ritchie/Wigram
banner, the company recently signed a multi-year exclusive development deal with
Endemol Shine to develop original scripted franchises for the global television
Ritchie began his career in Britain's film industry in 1993 as a runner on
Wardour Street, working his way up to a director of music videos and
commercials. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short film, "The Hard
Case," about four cockney guys raising money to enter a card game, which formed
the basis for his first feature film.
Ritchie made his writing and directing feature film debut with "Lock, Stock &
Two Smoking Barrels." Made on a modest budget of $1 million and breathing new
life into its genre, the film premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival,
became one of the UK's biggest hits and remains a favorite. Spotlighting
Ritchie's knack for casting and discovering talent, the film launched the
careers of several actors, including Jason Statham. The London Film Critics
Circle named Ritchie the British Screenwriter of the Year for the film, which
also received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best British Film.
His additional films include: the hit "Snatch," written and directed by Ritchie
and set in the London criminal underworld, it featured the ensemble cast of
Jason Statham, Dennis Farina, Vinnie Jones, Benicio del Toro and Brad Pitt;
co-writing and directing the crime thriller "Revolver," with an all-star cast
including Jason Statham, Ray Liotta, Vincent Pastore, Mark Strong and AndrĂ©
Benjamin; and writing and directing "RocknRolla," which Ritchie won the Best
British Film Award at the 2009 Empire Awards along with being selected to
premiere at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. Its stellar cast
featured Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson, Thandie Newton, Mark Strong, Idris Elba,
Tom Hardy, Toby Kebbell, Jeremy Piven and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges. It was
produced by Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Steve Clark-Hall and Ritchie.
In addition to his feature work, Ritchie's diverse directing credits include a
short film starring David Beckham, for his H&M line; the short film "Star,"
featured in Series 1 of the popular BMW series "The Hire"; and the short film
for Nike, "Take It to the Next Level," which follows the rise and fame of an
up-and-coming Dutch footballer. Featuring the industry's best players, the promo
was an ambitious undertaking for Ritchie going on to win a Gold Lion at the 2008
Cannes International Advertising Festival.
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