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Steven Soderbergh Abandons Warner Bros.’ Man from U.N.C.L.E.

After a long, difficult search for a lead that’s moved from George Clooney to Bradley Cooper to now, apparently, Channing Tatumit was exactly a year ago that Clooney’s offer surfaced — Warner Bros.’ planned adaptation of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has now lost its director.

Playlist reports that disagreements with the studio over casting and the proposed $60 million budget have taken their toll, forcing Steven Soderbergh to walk away from the big-screen version of the popular 1960s spy-fi series.

Citing “insiders,” the website contends Warner Bros. was relieved when Clooney backed out of the project, as executives wanted a younger star to launch what’s planned as an action franchise. Soderbergh then reportedly presented his two top choices, Michael Fassbender and The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman, only to have the studio cast them in two other movies (Londongrad and Arthur & Lancelot, respectively) months later.

Warner Bros. had planned to begin production in March, but now must decide whether to search for another director or abandon the movie.


  • Anonymous

    I was most excited about this when Tarantino and Clooney were rumoured back in the day….and as for a younger actor… Clooney is the Robert Vaughan of the 21st century….Tatum cant string a sentence together nevermind seduce an air hostess on the way to Paris to kill a double agent….Fassbender as Kuryakin on the other hand I’m in on that one…and yes I’m a geeeky fanboy for this shit lol

  • Brian from Canada

    U.N.C.L.E. wasn’t an action franchise, it was a spy franchise, dedicated to international counter-espionage. For action, you turn to Mission: Impossible and how Tom Cruise transformed that into adrenaline instead of intelligence.
    Personally, I’d love to see Clooney as Solo, Fassbender as Kuryakin, and Sir Ian McKellan as Mr. Waverly.

    But, if they want to skew younger, they need to find someone who has charisma on screen, and there aren’t many out there. How about Karl Urban as Solo, with Gordon Levitt as Kuryakin?

  • demoncat_4

    i was interested to see what warners does with the old classic . looks like they now have to change their plans from shooting to finding not only a lead but a director also though given that steven quit over not agreeing on the lead and budget how long before who ever gets the job winds up doing the same thing for the same heat butting with execs over how to do man from uncle as a new franchise.if they want young they could always go for justin bieber

  • Cjorg2

    Channing Tatum doesn’t deserve to have a career in acting let alone be headlining a major film.  He emotes less than a brick.  No wonder Soderbergh left.  No chance I’ll see this now.