The Man from U.N.C.L.E. to Make a Comeback
Many of you won’t remember this spy show from the late 1960′s, but as a child my Sunday afternoons were blessed with reruns of The Man from U.N.C.L.E, a James-Bond inspired show in which two agents, American Napoleon Solo and Russian Illya Kuryakin, fought the forces of evil (namely the Nazi-inspired THRUSH agency who planned to dominate the world). A movie has been in development for years, if not decades, but this week saw some news that may push the film forward.
Director of Traffic and the Ocean’s 11 films, Steven Soderbergh is apparently in line to direct the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Obviously his new film, Haywire, a Bourne-like spy thriller set in Spain, Ireland, and New Mexico, is impressing people with its relatively low-budget approach to making an action flick. Soderbergh will also bring along his writing colleague Scott Burns, who penned The Bourne Ultimatum and Soderbergh’s upcoming apocalypse flick Contagion.
What’s more, a report from Indiewire suggests that George Clooney is interested in playing the lead role of Solo. Clooney, a friend and supporter of Soderbergh, seems like an obvious choice if the schedule will work, and his interest will certainly drive production for the remake forward. The original role was played by Robert Vaughn, who you may remember from The Magnificent Seven, The Towering Inferno, and the original The A-Team.