Because every TV network is trying to have their own movie-to-television franchise, Sony’s Crackle platform will soon have a series based on the Guy Ritchie film Snatch. The series, which is set to debut sometime this year, stars Harry Potter‘s Rupert Grint as a posh con man named Charlie Cavendish. The series will take the London setting from the film whose name it bears, but that’s about it. Like the wildly successful Fargo series, Snatch is a new story in the same setting.
Crackle describes the series as carrying “the spirit of the setting in the film, while creating a new world with new characters”. This means that while cameos from the film’s characters are highly unlikely, they are at least possible. As far as anyone can tell, Ritchie has no involvement with the series.
Snatch is inspired by a real-life heist in London. It follows a group of young hustlers who stumble upon a truckload of stolen gold bullion. Thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime, they must quickly learn to navigate London’s underworld. Along the way they will face rogue cops, pikey fighters, international mobsters, and local villains.
The first season will have 10 episodes and only recently finished shooting in Manchester, England. The series’ creator, Alex De Rakoff, will also serve as head writer and executive producer. This will be De Rakoff’s first time as a showrunner. He previously directed two films, Grand Theft Auto 2, and Need for Speed: The Run.
Snatch isn’t the only show-based-on-a-movie coming to small screens in 2017. Adaptations of the 1980’s teen comedy Heathers, the Liam Neeson revenge series Taken, and the 1980s vampire shlockfest The Lost Boys are all currently in production with 2017 release schedules.