Crime still pays for director Guy Ritchie

Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:04am EDT
 
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By Borys Kit

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - Guy Ritchie is returning to form. The British filmmaker first made waves in the late 1990s with a pair of London-set crime capers -- "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" and "Snatch" -- and made even more when he married Madonna in 2000.

Their subsequent collaboration, "Swept Away," didn't exactly win over Hollywood; 2005's "Revolver" might well have bought him a ticket to movie jail.

But Ritchie is revisiting the crime caper in "RocknRolla," which had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

And while he and his wife have again become tabloid fodder, so too has his movie after it was reported this summer that its producer, Joel Silver, was shopping it to other distributors because Warner Bros. president Alan Horn said the film had limited box office prospects in the U.S. (Warners, though, is still releasing the movie October 8 on 800 screens in North America.)

The Hollywood Reporter talked to Ritchie about his career.

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: SO "ROCKNROLLA" SEEMS LIKE A RETURN TO

YOUR ROOTS. HOW DID IT COME ABOUT?

Guy Ritchie: There's a conspiracy of answers. For one, it's easy for me to find a market for those films. And I enjoy making them, and no one else seems to making those kinds of movies. I was also interested in what is happening in London and how it's been changing. Nothing was reflecting that change creatively, and I wanted to explore that evolution, or de-evolution.   Continued...

 
<p>Director Guy Ritchie and wife Madonna arrive for the world premiere of "RocknRolla" at the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square, London September 1, 2008. REUTERS/Stephen Hird</p>