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Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram Board The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

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Warner Bros. is hammering out a deal with Guy Ritchie and his new producing partner Lionel Wigram to join The Man From U.N.C.L.E. following the departure last month of Steven Soderbergh, Deadline reports.

The planned adaptation of the popular 1960 spy-fi television had been tripped up by its search for a lead — George Clooney dropped out of the project in August — and rumored disagreements between Soderbergh and the studio over casting and the film’s $60 million budget.

Airing from 1964 to 1968 on NBC, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. followed the exploits of American spy Napoleon Solo and his Russian colleague Illya Kuryakin who as agents of U.N.C.L.E. ( United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) battled the menace known as T.H.R.U.S.H. The series was popular enough to spawn a spin-off series — the short-lived Girl From U.N.C.L.E., featuring the wonderfully named agent April Dancer — theatrical releases of extended television episodes, soundtrack albums, novels, magazines, comics, toys and a 1983 TV reunion.

The film would be the first project by the newly formed production company created by Ritchie and Wigram. Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opens Dec. 16.


  • Lord Prong

    I love the idea of Guy ritchie doing this!  Hmmm… does this mean Robert Downey Jnr. might be Solo?

  • Orphan

    Please no more Robert Downey taking over another franchise.If Ritchie is involved let’s see him pull from his cast of mostly British unknowns that have done great jobs in Lock,Stock,and Snatch(the film Sherlock One tried to be and couldn’t quite make it).A totally fresh take with fresh faces but with at least a cameo from David McCallum.The real problem here will be in the script.Man from Uncle itself was always a poor man’s Steed and Peel and it is going to have to hit a high note right at the start.I would bring Andy Diggle in for the preliminary script and go from there but this is a film already plagued with people walking away from it and budgetary issues.Lot’s of luck with this one is all I can say.