Guy Ritchie to adapt Empire State Building romance

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As if Guy Ritchie doesn’t have enough on his plate already, it appears he’s set to adapt Thomas Kelly novel ‘Empire Rising’ for Warner Bros as well.

Despite a title that suggests something grander in scale, ‘Empire Rising’ is in fact about a love triangle set against the construction of New York’s Empire State Building.


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Ritchie is currently entering pre-production on ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’ starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. He is also expected to make a follow-up to 2011’s ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ in the coming years as well.

Ritchie was also rumoured to be directing a new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island’.

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Author Thomas Kelly will adapt his own work for the big screen with Ritchie currently on-board as producer alongside his ‘Sherlock Holmes’ partner Lionel Wigram.

Set against the construction of the then-largest building in the world, ‘Empire Rising’ is about a triangle between artist Grace Masterso, steelworker Michael Briody and the Mayor’s bag man Johnny Farell.

The book also features a number of historical figures.