In case you didn't know, Virgin has a series of comics that they publish. Instead of the usual geek fare, it seems to be the place where high-profile names can dip their toes into the comic world -- titles come from the likes of John Woo, Nicholas Cage, Terry Gilliam, Ed Burns and yes, Guy Ritchie. Mr. Madonna's comic offering is Gamekeeper -- Ritchie came up with the concept, and Andy Diggle pens it. Not surprisingly, the director is now getting a chance to bring it to the big screen with Warner Brothers and Joel Silver.

The story is about a reclusive estate caretaker in Scotland who is extremely well-versed in animal behavior in all 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." Tough guys, murder and animalistic behavior? Sounds like Ritchie to me. WB prexy Jeff Robinov says: "After reading Guy's comics, we knew instantly that the action-packed story and complex characters would resonate with film audiences." I wonder how much of the story Ritchie actually came up with -- whether it's just the base, or a whole character and plot outline. If it is the former, Diggle is totally going to get some "inker" type of anger. Gamekeeper will mark Ritchie's second film this year alone -- he's currently filming RocknRolla. Is he primed for a comeback, finally, after the flop that was Swept Away?
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