Guy Ritchie's latest mainstream effort, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is snooping its way into theaters next week, and he's already lining up a new project. No, not that Cannonball Run remake… it's The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a potential tentpole release from Warner Bros. which recently lost an A-list director in Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh.
Deadline reports that Ritchie and his Sherlock Holmes producing partner Lional Wigram are re-teaming for the adaptation of the 1960s television series, which starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum and secret agents working for "United Network Command for Law Enforcement." In retrospect it seems like an obvious choice for Warner Bros., which has developed a good relationship with Ritchie after giving him his biggest box office success, and now a franchise, in the Holmes movies. Ritchie has not officially signed on to direct, but reportedly intends to.
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. doesn't have the same loyal cult following as its contemporaries The Avengers, Mission: Impossible and the spy satire Get Smart, but is one of the few prominent TV series in that vein without a contemporary film adaptation. (The series previously came to the big screen several times in the 1960s, although the films were merely re-edited episodes of the television series.) We haven't seen a single episode. We hope it's good.
Guy Ritchie's no slouch in the directing department, Swept Away notwithstanding, so this could be a good fit for him. Fingers crossed. We await news confirming whether he'll work from Soderbergh's take on the project or start completely afresh, which would no doubt delay the production even further.
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