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Guy Ritchie may helm Empire Rising for Warner Bros

08.20.2013

Guy Ritchie has been tied to numerous projects since helming SHERLOCK HOLMES; everything from THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (which is his next film) to a CANNONBALL RUN remake and even a James Bond movie. All have some sort of crime element to them but he is capable of so much more. What Ritchie should do next may be exactly what he needs: a historical epic.

Deadline reports that Warner Bros has picked up the rights to the 2006 book EMPIRE RISING about the construction of New York City's famous Empire State Building. Now, on the surface, a movie about the creation of a skyscraper may not sound like thrilling filmmaking, but think of the visual shots of workers dangling from steel beams thousands of feet in the air. We know for a fact many lost their lives tragically in the construction process, so a film chronicling the struggles to complete the building from the men who actually did it would be quite a story.

Author Thomas Kelly's EMPIRE RISING does have elements of a criminal underworld that we have come to associate with Guy Ritchie's work. Check out the synopsis of the novel:

Kelly's story is basically the tale of a love triangle between Johnny Farrell, an important aide to the mayor; Johnny's artist girlfriend, Grace Masterson; and construction worker and part-time boxer Michael Briody. Each of these characters represents, without the flatness of type, a significant element of the fabric of New York City as the Empire State Building rises ethereally above the street-level realities of hard economic times and how big-city government works. Kelly successfully melds actual historical figures and fictional ones, but in the end, it is New York City itself that emerges as the central character here: a place that makes people the way they are.

Much like TITANIC, EMPIRE RISING could be a huge scale film with a romantic twist that would be a major box office success if stacked with the right talent. I am still waiting for the similarly themed 1906, Brad Bird's dream project about the deadly San Francisco earthquake, but I would be happy to see what Ritchie would do with a story like this.

Source: Deadline

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11:06AM on 08/21/2013

Rise...Ugh.

Whether the movie is good or bad, I'm so sick of the word "Rise" being in the title. I don't know why but I'm completely burned out on it.
See: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Hannibal Rising, Rise: Blood Hunter, T3: Rise of the Machines, Seeker: Dark is Rising, VW2: Rise of Taj, The Dark Knight Rises, GI Joe: Rise of Cobra, Rise of the Guardians, FF2: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Carlitos's Way: Rise to Power, Valhalla Rising, 300: Rise of an Empire and even going back to Mercury Rising, Rising
Whether the movie is good or bad, I'm so sick of the word "Rise" being in the title. I don't know why but I'm completely burned out on it.
See: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Hannibal Rising, Rise: Blood Hunter, T3: Rise of the Machines, Seeker: Dark is Rising, VW2: Rise of Taj, The Dark Knight Rises, GI Joe: Rise of Cobra, Rise of the Guardians, FF2: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Carlitos's Way: Rise to Power, Valhalla Rising, 300: Rise of an Empire and even going back to Mercury Rising, Rising Sun, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans..and this is just of the top of my head. Enough please.
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11:53PM on 08/20/2013

funny thing...

That you mentioned TITANIC, because the Empire State Building would NOT have been made without it's sinking: the insurance money from the drama was used to finance the building...
That you mentioned TITANIC, because the Empire State Building would NOT have been made without it's sinking: the insurance money from the drama was used to finance the building...
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11:52PM on 08/20/2013

funny thing...

That you mentioned TITANIC, because the Empire State Building would NOT have been made without it's sinking: the insurance money from the drama was used to finance the building...
That you mentioned TITANIC, because the Empire State Building would NOT have been made without it's sinking: the insurance money from the drama was used to finance the building...
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10:44PM on 08/20/2013
How about a movie about building Titanic ship with love story in it,sort of prequel to Titanic!!
How about a movie about building Titanic ship with love story in it,sort of prequel to Titanic!!
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11:47PM on 08/20/2013
It's called TITANIC, BLOOD AND STEEL, and it's a 12 episodes TV series...
It's called TITANIC, BLOOD AND STEEL, and it's a 12 episodes TV series...
10:44PM on 08/20/2013
How about a movie about building Titanic ship with love story in it,sort of prequel to Titanic!!
How about a movie about building Titanic ship with love story in it,sort of prequel to Titanic!!
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10:14PM on 08/20/2013
We built this city...we built this city on RocknRolla!
We built this city...we built this city on RocknRolla!
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9:53PM on 08/20/2013
Sounds like a good story.
Sounds like a good story.
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9:48PM on 08/20/2013
This sounds like a great film that needs to be made. Not sure if Guy Ritchie is the best candidate (even his Sherlock Holmes has a few modern editing twists I'm not sure would benefit a story like this), but either way, I'd like to see someone pull this off with a close eye to historical accuracy. I'm a little surprised a movie about this hasn't been made yet.
This sounds like a great film that needs to be made. Not sure if Guy Ritchie is the best candidate (even his Sherlock Holmes has a few modern editing twists I'm not sure would benefit a story like this), but either way, I'd like to see someone pull this off with a close eye to historical accuracy. I'm a little surprised a movie about this hasn't been made yet.
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9:38PM on 08/20/2013

NO!

He needs to make "The Real Rock'N'Rolla! First one was SO underrated!
He needs to make "The Real Rock'N'Rolla! First one was SO underrated!
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9:44PM on 08/20/2013
He needs to make it sometime, since he sort of promised us at least the Wild Bunch. Then again, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy are suddenly pretty big deals.
He needs to make it sometime, since he sort of promised us at least the Wild Bunch. Then again, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy are suddenly pretty big deals.
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