Warner Bros. is keen on continuing its relationship with filmmaker Guy Ritchie for quite some time, it seems. Ritchie and the studio have paired on his last three films, RocknRolla, Sherlock Holmes, and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and the filmmaker is currently gearing up to direct The Man from U.N.C.L.E. for WB as well. Now THR reports that Warners has acquired the rights to the Thomas Kelly novel Empire Rising and will develop the project as a potential directing gig for Ritchie. The story takes place in 1930 and centers on events surrounding the construction of the titular Empire State Building, as a romantic triangle develops between Irish immigrant steelworker Michael Briody, Mayor Jimmy Walker’s criminal underworld liaison Johnny Farell, and a beautiful artist named Grace Masterson. Hit the jump for more, including a synopsis of the novel.