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.