If you listen closely, you can actually hear this project explode.
Warner Bros’ The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie just lost someone else, the guy who was going to write and direct. Oh that can’t be good. The Playlist is reporting that Steven Soderbergh has made a smart career move and ran far and fast from the doomed project.
Soderbergh was in meetings with WB brass this evening (Nov 17 2011) in Los Angeles and could not come to an agreement over casting and budgets and decided to part ways on the project. With the studio already hemming and hawing over casting options, this week they delivered a low $60 million dollar budget proposal for what is supposed to be the first in a tentpole franchise threequel. Soderbergh felt the figure wasn’t enough for a ‘60s set period spy film that’s set on four continents, and with a March date looming, he could no longer wait for the studio to refine numbers or set cast, officially pulling out of the project.
A $60 million dollar budget? Ouch. Guess if the WB is trying to make the movie on the cheap it explains why they can’t land a star. George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Matt Damon, and most recently Bradley Cooper have passed on the role. Channing Tatum was rumored to be the next in line, but that also was based on Soderbergh’s involvement on the project. So what now?
WB will have to start over and may have to scrap their planned March shoot date. It would not surprise us if this project goes back into some form of development as the ‘60s-set Soderbergh/Burns version was very specific to the way they work and envision films. Meanwhile, Soderbergh is still looking ahead. Insiders tell us that he’s looking to shoot another film in the March 2012 time frame where he would have been shooting ‘U.N.C.L.E.,’ had he and the studio seen eye to eye. Considering his rapid clip – and the fact he’s been looking at potential scripts for a few weeks now as the writing had been on the wall – it’s not inconceivable that the filmmaker can bang out a quick picture before he shoots his ‘Liberace’ film this summer.
Ok Warner Bros, I am not in the business of handing out free advice, but I’ll give you this one. GIVE UP ON THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Seriously, abandon the project. You were sitting on this for years before Soderbergh even came on board, you already pissed away $5 million on it and haven’t even come close to filming. Please stop trying to make this movie, stop before it turns in to a Uwe Boll movie staring Kevin James and that dude from the Madea movies.
Wait a minute… maybe that’s not a half bad idea…. at the very least it could be done cheaply.
Source: Geek Tyrant