It was almost 20 years back when Guy Ritchie first made a name for himself with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels—only the first in a career's worth of funny, brutal, hyper-stylized London-set shoot-'em-ups. Since Lock and its immediate follow-up Snatch, Ritchie has endeavored to bring his inimitable flavor to different chapters in history: the 1980s with his Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law-starring Sherlock Holmes movies, Cold War-era Europe with The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and most recently, the 5th century A.D. with his original take on King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
On today's Nerdist News Talks Back, Ritchie joined our host Jessica Chobot and senior editor/The Dan Cave mastermind Dan Casey to speak on his films of past and present. In addition to diving deep into how Ritchie has brought his unique flare to Arthurian legend with his latest picture (starring Charlie Hunnam as the Excalibur-wielding hero of England yore), Ritchie also clued us in on his hopes for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2 and why his live-action Aladdin remake will have to be a musical.
You can watch the whole interview below, but the Aladdin bit starts off at 17:40:
In case you don't feel like watching, Ritchie told us that he thinks "it'd be tough not to make [Aladdin] a musical," which makes sense given the energy of the original film. He added that it was "too early" to say more, "because I've really just immersed myself into that project. So I'm still looking for cast members, we still haven't found exactly which direction we're going in. I'm confident that at some stage it will reveal itself to me, but right now it's just a bit too premature."
Needless to say, we are absolutely thrilled at the prospect of a musical done in that high energy, frenetic Ritchie style.
Now it's time to weigh in: What's your favorite Guy Ritchie movie? Let us know in the comments below.