For as long as I can remember voraciously following the latest movie news, going back to the old days of reading them in print magazines even, there’s always been hints and rumors about a movie version of the classic 60s spy series, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.It was getting so that one might think we’d never see an U.N.C.L.E. movie, or at the very least won’t see it until long after everyone remembers seeing it on TV were dead.
But cynicism loses this round because it seems that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. will be starting production on time next month, and they’ve added a new member to the supporting cast today as a result. Who is it? Why it’s the charmingly befuddled Hugh Grant, who The Hollywood Reporter says is playing the head of British Naval Intelligence.
Grant will join Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer as Illya Kullyakin as the two main agents from the United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.), who are sworn to protect the world from the schemes of the villainous THRUSH. Swedish actress Alicia Vikander and The Great Gatsby‘s Elizabeth Debicki are also attached. The film will be directed by Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes).
Grant himself had been taking a break from films until recently, most notably playing six parts in the Tom Tykwer and the Wachowskis film Cloud Atlas, he also recently completed work on a romantic comedy for Marc Lawrence co-starring Marisa Tomei, J.K. Simmons, and Chris Elliott.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. should (finally) be in theaters sometime next year.
Now, it’s been a couple of years since we first heard threats rumors that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was going to get the big screen reboot/remake treatment. When we were younger and more innocent it was going to be Steven Soderbergh directing and Channing Tatum in the lead. Of course that beautiful masterpiece was to much for this world and could not be.
The latest attempt at bringing Napoleon Solo to summer blockbustersberg is being helmed by Guy Ritchie and was to draw on the star power of Tom Cruise. Well, apparently Cruise checked Wikipedia and discovered that U.N.C.L.E. not actually part of the Mission: Impossible franchise cause he just (proverbially) based jumped from the project.
Most of us probably never even heard of the actor by the unlikely name of Armie Hammer until he showed up on the cast list of the upcoming The Lone Ranger flick. But it looks like that bit of work is leading to more. In fact, Hammer will be taking his place beside one of the most iconic action stars in Hollywood, Tom Cruise, in Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the television spy classic, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
He’s not just getting put into the background, like almost every other role he’s played besides the Ranger. In fact, he’ll be the co-star proper, playing the big screen’s version of Illya Kuryakin to Cruise’s Napoleon Solo. If ever a man was in a position to start asking for more money, this is probably it.
For those of us that were not born more than two decades ago, we missed out on a lot of things prior to our escape from nine months of solitary confinement. We missed things like parachute pants, the early days of WildStorm Productions and, aside from perhaps a few reruns, we missed some great television shows of the late 60s and 70s.
Since then, a lot of those shows have been released on DVD or remade as crappy television reboots that never see anything past a first season. There are, however, a select few that go on to be Hollywood blockbusters. One that has been waiting in limbo for years is the Warner Bros.‘ The Man From U.N.C.L.E. film reboot. Now it appears that TheMan From U.N.C.L.E. may finally get its Napoleon Solo, a solid director and take another step closer to actual production.
In a report from Deadline, Warner Bros. is in “early talks” with Oblivion and Mission Impossible leading man Tom Cruise to star. A great decision seeing as the action star is a regular go to for films of the action-oriented variety. But who’s going to direct the once-cancelled feature? That answer comes in the form of Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie, who will return to the film adaptation he was already attached to direct after Steven Soderbergh dropped out.
Starring Robert Vaughan and David McCallum as agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin battled the evil forces of “THRUSH” and their attempts at world domination. Hopefully a deal can be reached and production can begin early next year, which also happens to coincidentally be the fiftieth anniversary of the original Man From U.N.C.L.E. series that ran from 1964 till it’s mid-season cancellation in 1968.
As of right now no other details have been released, but we’ll keep you posted as more information comes our way.
Just when we thought the motion picture adaption of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. -based on the classic 1960s TV series about an American and a Russian spy that disarm threats worldwide- was about the cry uncle (sorry, that pun amuses me too much), the production has flipped it’s hat backwards and gone over the top. Yes, the latter was reference to Sylvester Stallone’s Over The Top, the arm wrestling movie. Moving on…
The production has had a bumpy road in development. Steven Soderbergh recently dropped out of the project over budget and casting issues. George Clooney was initially set to star in the lead, but back surgery forced him to drop out of the film. Bradley Cooper was also pegged for the suave international man of mystery, but waved off the role like it was a stinky vagina.
While The United Network Command for Law and Enforcement is still out a leading man, Warner Bros. has secured a new director: Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadow’sGuy Ritchie . Deadline reports that Ritchie and his new producing partner Lionel Wigram are set to take charge.
Will the limey Brit responsible for Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels pay homage to the original television show? I think it’s entirely plausible. I just hope that Ritchie keeps the sixties setting.
Angry Birds is the most popular game on the planet right now and I have no freakin’ clue why. Yes, it’s simple, addicting, incredibly accessible but don’t you eventually tire of launching birds at pigs? I must be in the minority ’cause someone thought the premise of Angry Birds (remember, shoot birds at pigs) would be fantastic for a movie. I can only imagine what a giant pile of stinky bird shit that flick will be.
Wouldn’t it be great if someone took the concept of Angry Birds, flushed out a story, developed characters and really tried to adapt what people love about the game (Which is what, again?) into a smart, funny, entertaining film? Of course it would, and leave it to the interwebz to deliver. Below is a trailer for an Angry Birds movie as seen through the eyes of Guy Ritchie. Sure, it blatantly steals the director’s style but a snazzy heist flick with sexy ladies as the Birds squaring off against a gang of Pigs sounds awesome.
Jason and Tommy are tasked with delivering the Queen Mum’s famed Fabergé egg collection to a museum in Philadelphia. Only when they get to America, they find the eggs are gone. A team of highly-trained femme fatale art thieves have stolen the case the eggs were transported in, only to discover another team of swine-masked bandits has made off with the actual prize.
These so-called “American birds” aren’t just going to sit back, and let someone else get all the glory and gold. They’re smart. They’re sexy. And now, these birds are angry.
From the creators of God of War (Indie Movie), The Legend of Zelda (1987), and Inglourious Plummers comes the next epic of blockbuster proportions: Angry Birds.
Warner Bros. has released another new behind the scenes featurette for Guy Ritchie’sSherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. I mean, come on man. We could all do with a little more RDJ and Jude Law in our lives.
Anybody else make lots of high pitched squeaking noises when watching this? No? Just me then… Remember, any film is better than Twilight: Breaking Dawn.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows will hit theaters December 16th.
Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) has always been the smartest man in the room… until now. There is a new criminal mastermind at large—Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris)—and not only is he Holmes’ intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may actually give him an advantage over the renowned detective. When the Crown Prince of Austria is found dead, the evidence, as construed by Inspector Lestrade (Eddie Marsan), points to suicide. But Sherlock Holmes deduces that the prince has been the victim of murder—a murder that is only one piece of a larger and much more portentous puzzle, designed by Professor Moriarty. The cunning Moriarty is always one step ahead of Holmes as he spins a web of death and destruction—all part of a greater plan that, if he succeeds, will change the course of history.
Warner Bros, has offered Xerxes – the sequel to Zach Snyder‘s Epic 300 – to none other than Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie. Yep Madonna’s boyfriend is really racking up the directing gigs. Gotta hand it to the guy…Guy. He must have a vivid imagination. He would need one, I still get pretty creeped out by Madonna. It happened back when Dick Tracy came out. She’s kinda like a “Sarah Jessica Parker” that eats. Throw in her appearance in the James Bond movie Die Another Day and anyone can see why I lost some sleep.
I’m interested to know what he will really be doing with the source material. Miller pretty much maps it out with the graphic novel. I’m certain Miller will be looking over Ritchies’s shoulder the whole time. Like 300 before it, Xerxes is based on one of Frank Miller‘s graphic novels and had been developed by Snyder, who’d planned to direct his own script. Does Ritchie have the Snyder backing to stray from the source? I hope not, I loved 300 and really just want more of the same.
Frank Miller provided the LA Times some story basics:
“The time frame begins 10 years before 300,” said Miller, “and the story starts with the Battle of Marathon, which was killer to draw, by the way, even if it was a lot of work. The lead character is Themistocles, who became warlord of Greece and built their navy. The story is very different than 300 in that it involves Xerxes’ search for godhood. The existence of gods are presupposed in this story and the idea is that he’s well on his way to godhood by the end of the story.”
Describing Themistocles as “the complete opposite of Leonidas,” Miller does promise that the 300 character will make a cameo. While that doesn’t guarantee Gerard Butler cameoing in the eventual film version, it does make it likely, as does an appearance by Andrew Tiernan as Ephialtes, the deformed Spartan traitor who Miller promises also places a role in the new story.
“There’s an extended scene set in Persepolis,” adds Miller, “for instance, where he takes power and there are several scenes where he is going through his transitions and he’s shown speaking to his mother and his wife… The new tale climaxes with a massive naval confrontation that is so dense that it is fought like a land war and it ends on the same day as the events of 300.”
Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment have premiered the first official movie poster for Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2 on Yahoo and it features War Machine!! All I can say is Excelsior mother fuckas, Excelsior! A poster like this means that a trailer isn’t far off. In fact, rumor has it that a trailer for Iron Man 2 will be attached to Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes.
Click after the jump to see a full version of the awesome poster.
So, question is, they waited THIS long to make Robert Downey Jr. an action star? He’s getting a wee bit up there in age right? I mean, is it only me? Or does it seem strange to anyone else that after Iron Man now, RDJ is climbing the List from acting roles to action roles. I suppose the Rock wouldn’t make a good fit as Sherlocke Holmes…Actually that sounds crazy good…I’m getting the feeling from this movie also of Van Helsing, very similar with the London CG backdrop, but you know what I say, the special effects keep getting better and better…They may replace actors altoghether