Crackle, Sony’s free online streaming service, has been producing original content for some time now. But while shows like StartUp, The Art of More, and the Dead Rising movies might have their charms, none of them have generated much buzz other than Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. (And that show is jumping ship for Netflix.) Crackle might just have a chance of improving that track record with their upcoming original series Snatch, and they’ve finally released the first teaser to give prospective viewers a look at the goods. Do the goods look good? It’s hard to tell.
Crackle’s Snatch has a few things going for it. For one, it’s based on the cult hit Guy Ritchie crime comedy from 2000, which was a hoot and featured Brad Pitt speaking in indecipherable “Pikey” as an Irish Traveller with a mean right hook. Second, it co-stars Harry Potter‘s Rupert Grint, which is sure to bring more eyeballs to the series than it would otherwise get. If nothing else, there’s bound to be a bunch of Potter fans currently asking themselves, “What the hell is Crackle?” Check out the first Snatch trailer.
There’s a lot going on in the trailer, but anyone who remembers Snatch will see familiar elements recurring from the movie — a load of diamonds, a fixed fight, multiple factions of nasty people, and a group of blokes who are in way over their heads. While the quick-cut style is definitely aping its source material, it also makes it hard to get a feel for whether the full show will be able to stand on its own or be exposed as just a shoddy knockoff of something better. If nothing else, you have to love Grint’s wardrobe.
Here’s an official synopsis for Snatch:
The cult classic film Snatch is now a high-stakes, high-octane Crackle Original Series. Get in on the action, gangster mentality, heists and rapid-fire dialogue that earned the original movie a shite-load of fans.
Inspired by a real life heist in London, the Snatch series centers on a group of twenty-something, up and coming hustlers who stumble upon a truck load of stolen gold bullion and are suddenly thrust into the high-stakes world of organized crime. The boys must quickly learn to navigate the treacherous waters of London’s underworld as rogue cops, gypsy fighters, international mobsters, and local villains descend.
Snatch will debut its 10-episode first season on Crackle on March 16.