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The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Movie May Finally Get Made with George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh

The Man from UNCLESometimes it just takes getting the right people in place to get a project underway. That could be the case for the movie adaptation of the mid-sixties series Man From U.N.C.L.E. After sitting on the shelf for more than a decade, the people behind the scenes of the Warner Bros. film are being shuffled around to hopefully finally get this project off the ground.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. ran on NBC from 1964 through 1968. The TV show stars Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as two spies, one American and one Russian, who work for an international law enforcement agency, the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (abbreviated to U.N.C.L.E.). The series, which credits Ian Fleming (the man behind James Bond) as a creator, also bore a short-lived spin-off in The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., over twenty novels, and a 1983 reunion titled The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair.

Originally Warner Bros. started working on the movie adaptation in the 1990s, with David Wilson writing the original script, and Max Borenstein working the rewrites. David Dobkin (The Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus) had been tapped as director. At that time, it was expected that the output would be geared towards action-comedy.

This movie adaptation is once again seeing life, with Dobkin moving from director to producer, and John Davis joining him. Steven Soderbergh, the man behind Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven, and Traffic, is in talks to take over as director. Scott Z. Burns, the writer of Soderbergh’s films The Informant and the upcoming Contagion would come into the project as well to write an all-new script.

It also looks like George Clooney may join the project as American spy Napoleon Solo, Vaughn’s old role. He and Soderbergh have worked together on several projects already. According to Playlist, the film will retain the 1960s setting, a time period that Soderbergh has a great affection for.

Current plans are for the picture to shoot in late 2001 but it may ultimately get pushed into 2012.

What do you think? Would you be interested in seeing The Man from U.N.C.L.E. movie with these players? Do you think it stands a better chance than other TV show-based movies of being good?

 

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joe June 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Your all nuts! Clooney is way too old to play Solo! Terrible choice!

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LUCKY March 19, 2012 at 4:38 pm

YES I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A MOVIE REMAKE OF U.N.C.L.E. BUT DO NOT DO IT IF YOU ARE NOT GOING TO DO IT RIGHT! Do not foul it up “BIG TIME” like the HOLLYWOOD POWERS TO BE did with other tv spy show remakes into movies like “THE WILD WILD WEST” and “I SPY”. WILL SMITH AND EDDDIE MURPHY SHOULD HANG THEIR HEADS IN SHAME FOR DESTROYING THE REPUTATIONS AND MEMORIES OF THOSE GREAT TV SHOWS AND THEIR GREAT ACTORS! THEY WERE ABOMINATIONS! If they remake it along the lines of TOM CRUISE’S “MISSION IMPOSSIBLE” then and only then could they do U.N.C.L.E. justice and be successful movie remake! FIND THE RIGHT ACTORS WITH THE RIGHT CHEMISTRY! CLOONEY AND PITT CAN NOT PULL IT OFF! HOLLYWOOD NEEDS TO THINK OUTSIDE THE CASTING BOX ON THIS ONE! REMEMBER SEAN CONNERY WAS VIRTUALLY AN UNKNOWN AND LOOK WHAT HAPPENED WHEN HE WAS CAST AS “JAMES BOND”! THE HOLLYWOOD BIG WIGS SHOULD LEARN TO “THINK AND BE CREATIVE”! SADLY, IT IS SOMETHING THEY FORGOT HOW TO DO!

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Bill August 31, 2011 at 10:01 am

No. Get David McCallum. There could be an NCIS epidose where he tells Mark Harmon and the staff that he has been recalled to the UN for special service. Get Robert Vaughn too, a good plot, some cool action scenes….and yeah, bring back “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” one of the most hokey shows ever made, but I loved every episode. That submarine had to be the most durable ever made…Irwin Allen…well, I got to get back to my YouTube videos with ABBA, Donovan, and ….

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Khaleef D. Williams August 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm

It could, and I emphasize,could be a good movie, if done right. It can’t be campy or goofy. Make it like “24” with the high-tech weapons the old show had in it’s day, a cool, but believable headquarters, a believable plot with a believable bad guy and good acting. Throw in the mandatory cool cars, hot babes, explosions and action scenes and you could have a hit and a franchise on your hands. Next – “Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea”. I’ve been waiting.

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Mark Scheur June 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Clooney is a good choice, How about Owen Wilson or even

I think George Clooney is a nice idea for Solo. How about Owen Wilson or Bill Pullman play his partner? How about Fred Thompson as Mr. Waverly…just a thought.

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Chuck M May 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Clooney is a good pick no doubt, but Brad Pitt could pull off a great Ilya; perfect pairing already proven to work on the big screen.

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Ashley chase May 15, 2011 at 2:34 am

I think that James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender would both be good in this movie as well. Those are the two actors in X-Men First Class.

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bob l May 6, 2011 at 9:37 pm

it would great to see a tv on the big screen.

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Mark Scheur April 5, 2011 at 5:32 am

As a big fan of the TV show, this would be a great idea! In my opinion this was the original buddy team of all time.

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i think it would be great March 23, 2011 at 3:35 am

I would like to see Ed Norton as the russian partner

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Aldo March 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Can’t Wait.

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