Ritchie sticks to his guns
Freud once wrote that ‘fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.’ What a sexually and emotionally mature Guy Mr Ritchie must be, then, as he lines up the next in a long line of films about big men with big guns. Continuing his fascination with firearms and heists, the mockney director is soon to begin work on new project Six Shooters. At first sight the film, set in the last days of the American Civil War and focusing on the lives of two Union officers and two infantrymen, seems to be a departure for Ritchie.Too much of a departure it seems, for the characters soon decide to strap on guns and steal some gold from a train. Production is scheduled to begin in March next year, putting on hold what had been due to be the next Ritchie release, guns/heist film Revolver. A perfectly reasonable explanation, this belies the fact that Mr Madonna had been asked to rewrite the film in order to remove several unsubtle references to how brilliant kabbalah was. The fact that the industry turns up its nose at any film of his that does not involve weaponry of some sort comes as some relief, as Ritchie’s previous concession to broadening his repertoire produced straight-to-video wife-vehicle Swept Away. Stick to your guns, Guy.