With the success of the Richard John Taylor directed crime drama ‘The Krays: Dead Man Walking’ this year, its no surprise that Hereford films once again will dip into the wealth of stories yet untold featuring the UKs most notorious gangland figures Ronnie and Reggie Kray and today they announced that they are in fact returning to that world and I for one think its great news. The Krays 2: Marked for Death will focus on another untold chapter of the notorious twins’ lives: their violent run-in with former boxing star Freddie Mills, who was suspected of being a serial killer known as ‘Jack the Stripper’, and who some say paid the Krays to murder him and make it look like a suicide.
Now before any people start bleating and moaning about ‘oh do we need another film about The Krays’ think on this. How many films do we have that feature the character James Bond, or Sherlock Holmes, or even John McClane. (yes I know those 3 figures are made up and not based too much on fact) but so far we have had 5 films featuring The Krays, and with decades of life that we dont know about, there is a huge amount of tales to be unearthed featuring the twins and I welcome great filmmakers taking their talent and helping create interesting stories for fans of crime dramas to enjoy
Casting is currently underway, and Hereford Films will recruit a ‘guest star’ to play Mills, similar to Rita Simons’ acclaimed starring role in The Krays:Dead Man Walking
Producer Adam Stephen Kelly commented, “The formula for the first film – picking a previously untold story from the Krays’ incredible history and casting a significant guest star to anchor it – worked phenomenally well, and so we are repeating it. True crime stories such as these are endlessly fascinating. So long as we keep the story fresh and within the realm of plausibility, this is something that could run and run”.
The majority of the first film’s ensemble cast is expected to return, with new additions to be announced shortly. Steve Wraith once again acts as consultant on the film as well as reprising his role as Hartnell Harris.
Other films on Hereford Films’ British crime slate include gangland home invasion movie Reckoning Day starring Chris Ellison (The Krays: Dead Man Walking) and Red Madrell, casino heist caper Swipe, and biopic Pretty Boy, based on the bestselling autobiography of legendary bare knuckle fighter Roy Shaw, who will be played by Mark Harris. There is also a third installment of the company’s We Still Kill the Old Way franchise on the way, entitled We Still Die the Old Way.
Commenting on the company’s busy domestic slate, CEO Jonathan Sothcott said, “The success of our Krays picture is testament to the fact that there is still a voracious consumer appetite for proper, quality British gangster films in the home entertainment space. We are more than happy to fill that space. The Freddie Mills story is even more compelling than that of the Mad Axeman, so the Krays sequel will be bigger and better than its predecessor. The fans are going to love this”.
I must admit though, as excited for The Krays 2: Marked For Death as I am, I will miss seeing a powerhouse of a performance from Josh Myers who was fantastic in the first film and if you havent seen this movie, then do check it out. Its not what you expect and its better for it. But for now. Its great news that we will see more from the world of Ron and Reg (and finger crossed Marc Pickering and Nathanjohn Carter are back in the roles as the legendary crime figures)