Guy Ritchie to direct ‘Gamekeeper’

Silver to produce pic for Warner Bros.

Guy Ritchie plans to direct a film version of his Virgin Comics series “The Gamekeeper” at Warner Bros., with Joel Silver set to produce.

Deal marks the first original Virgin Comics property to move into development as a feature.

Project revolves around the reclusive caretaker of a Scottish estate with infinite knowledge of the behaviors of all animal species. When the alleged killer of his son surfaces, the caretaker finds that Europe’s urban jungle is not so unlike that of the natural landscape to which he’s accustomed.

Concept for the comic was created by Ritchie, but Andy Diggle handles the writing duties.

“After reading Guy’s comics, we knew instantly that the action-packed story and complex characters would resonate with film audiences,” said Warner Bros. production prexy Jeff Robinov.

“Gamekeeper” is part of Virgin’s Director’s Cut comic line, which also includes original titles from John Woo, Terry Gilliam, Shekhar Kapur, Jonathan Mostow, Ed Burns and Nicolas Cage.

Joel Silver will produce with Silver Pictures’ Susan Downey, and Sharad Devarajan and Gotham Chopra of Virgin Comics are executive producing.

Navid McIlhargey is executive producing the project for Silver Pictures, and Ollie Madden, out of WB’s London office, will oversee the project for the studio, along with executive Kevin McCormick.

Ritchie is directing “RocknRolla,” for which he also wrote the screenplay, for Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment. Pic will be distribbed by Warner Bros.

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