Adaptations are a weird two-way street nowadays. Either it’s a classic television series being adapted into a film, or a film somehow being broken down into an episodic show. The latest example of the latter comes to us from the Crackle streaming service, which has just released a trailer for its new series based on the Guy Ritchie classic heist film Snatch.
The 10-episode series isn’t a direct adaptation of the film — it even borrows a few plot points from Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels — but there are some familiar elements. You’ve got some Orthodox Jews, gypsy boxing matches, and a group of would-be hustlers who seem to be more than a bit in over their heads. Inspired by a real-life heist, the adaptation looks to capture the style and feeling of Ritchie’s 2000 movie, though how well it pulls it all off is up for debate. Watch the preview above.
Premiering March 17th, Snatch stars Rupert Grint (who also serves as executive producer), Ed Westwick, Luke Pasqualino, Lucien Laviscount, Dougray Scott, Phoebe Dynevor, and Juliet Aubrey. Alex De Rakoff serves as showrunner. Check out the official synopsis below.
“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.”
This isn’t the first time one of Ritchie’s career-making crime films has been adapted for television; a series called Lock, Stock… aired for seven episodes in the summer of 2000.