Thomas Kelly

empire

Even though director Guy Ritchie is still currently hard at work prepping The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to get ready to go in front of cameras, we might already know what he’s going to be working on after that project wraps. THR is reporting that Warner Bros. has just picked up the rights to a novel from author Thomas Kelly called “Empire Rising,” and they’re looking to develop it as a possible directing vehicle for Ritchie. The studio must still really like what Ritchie did with their Sherlock Holmes property, because Empire Rising is another period production that would this time see Ritchie giving us his version of 1930 New York, as Kelly’s story is one that uses the construction of the Empire State Building as a backdrop. This isn’t a simple tale of lunch pales and hard hats though. Despite the fact that the construction of one of Manhattan’s most iconic buildings is central to the story this film will tell, it turns out it also contains a tangled web of human drama that’s probably going to be even more interesting than any onscreen recreations of old-timey New York.

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