The Man from U.N.C.L.E

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Suave, witty, handsome agent? Check. Incredibly attractive woman in the mix? Check. No Nonsense Russian agent? Check. Animosity between the two agents that eventually, grudgingly, becomes respect and then friendship? Check. Guns and special gadgets? Check. Crazy 60’s fashion? Check. Yep it’s all there in Guy Richie‘s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. trailer, everything you need to enjoy a movie going experience while you work your way through that super-sized buttered popcorn tub. Why not take a look? (more…)

Hugh Grant the Latest to Cry ‘U.N.C.L.E.’

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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.

Source: Cinema Blend

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Tom Cruise has left the building, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. production building that is. Cruise is jumping ship to devote more time and energy to Mission Impossible 5. The latest word is that director Guy Richie is bringing in Man of Steel’s  lead man Henry Cavill to replace Cruise. Cavill had been up for the secondary role that eventually went to Arnie Hammer. Now Cavill will fill the big shoes in the movie. Cavill is sure to be a box office draw after Man of Steel crushes ticket sales during the summer.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is based on the cult classic TV series which ran for four years in the late 60’s. The men from U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law Enforcement) use their charm and wits, along with fantastic spy gadgets to save the world from the evil forces of Thrush (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity).

What do you think? Does Cavill have the charm required for the role? I’ve got to say that anyone would have been better in this role than Cruise. He just can’t carry off the suave super spy. Cruise’s much better at playing the super spy that doesn’t play by the rules and pisses everyone off in the process.

It will be interesting to see if Cavill can help jump start a new franchise with the boost his popularity will get from Man of Steel.

Via: Geektyrant

cruise-uncleNow, 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.

As Deadline reports: (more…)

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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.

Thanks to ComingSoon for the heads-up.

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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 The Man 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.

Source: Comic Book Movie

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’s Guy 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.

 

Soderbergh Dumps Man from U.N.C.L.E.

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 ClooneyJohnny 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

 

 

 

Bradley Cooper Will Not Be The Man From UNCLE

Steven Soderbergh‘s plan to bring 60’s classic TV Spy show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. just hit another snag. As we had previously reported, Bradley Cooper was being wooed to play the role of Napoleon Solo, Robert Vaughn‘s character in the original. Well, The Wrap is now reporting that said wooing didn’t work, the Hangover and A-Team start will not be taking the role as the suave international man of mystery.

So, that puts Cooper in line with George ClooneyJohnny Depp, and Matt Damon who have all already passed on the part. While they each had their own reasons or scheduling conflicts that lead to declining the role, things are starting to look a little sour for a star to take the lead. Could this remake be doomed? If it is, is that really a bad thing?

Source: Cinema Blend

 

So hey, you know that baby-face  lookin’ mother fucker from Warrior and the remake of The Thing? Well… he’s either going to be The Man from U.N.C.L.E., or an oiled-up, half naked, bad-ass in 300: Battle of Artemisia. 

Joel Edgerton (le fore-mentioned baby-face) has been offered the lead in Steven Soderbergh‘s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (via a report from Vulture), which is based on the classic 1960s TV series about an American and a Russian spy that disarm threats worldwide. He’s also been offered the role of Themosticles (a lying, conniving, brilliant, heroic figure.) in the prequel to 300, once called Xerxes and now 300: Battle of Artemisia.

If I had a vagina, I’d be creaming over this guy. Not only is he a very handsome man (I call NO HOMO!), but he won my heart over as the underdog in Warrior, which he played perfectly. I can see him easily becoming another Hollywood heartthrob. Whatever role he picks will just induce faster mass vagina flushing. 

Assuming that he does one of the two, which would you prefer to see him in? The fun spy film, or the film featuring muscles and loin clothes? Personally, I’d rather he cry Uncle.  I’m done with shirtless men and flashy visuals.

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