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Soderbergh On THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. Movie And Already Has His Lead In Mind!?

Published at: Nov. 17, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST by merrick

Merrick here...
Looks like Steven Soderbergh is looking to bring an adaptation of the 1960s television series THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. to the big screen. The original show (available HERE) starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as American and Russian super agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin (respectively) and featured this theme by Jerry Goldsmith...
The Playlist says that Soderbergh is looking to re-unite with George Clooney for the project, which...at this point...looks to be retaining its 1960s setting. U.N.C.L.E. stands for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. Their archenemy is anagramed THRUSH.
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  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:32 p.m. CST

    by time2323

    Meh.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Acronym, not anagram

    by FuzzyLumpkins

    n/c

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    the Russian will be a woman this time who will eventually

    by KilliK

    fall in love with Clooney after half through the movie are hating each other.<br /> <p>typical.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:35 p.m. CST

    yawn.

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Love Soderberg & Clooney

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Wish they would remake the Third Man and start a new Harry Lime film series.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:36 p.m. CST

    h

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    stupid extra h

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    You don't hear a lot of flute in TV themes from that time.

    by 3 Bag Enema

    I hope Soderberg retains it. And I'll only watch this if it isn't another celebrity-wank camp fest like the Ocean's films.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    i hope they keep the rampaging soap bubbles that disolve people.

    by alice133

    wmd + sparkly clean and fresh.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:44 p.m. CST

    How was The Informant! self-indulgent?

    by Margot Tenenbaum

    Or The Girlfriend Experience? <p>People are going to look back at the previous decade and talk about Soderbergh, Richard Linklater and Christopher Nolan and not much else aside from documentaries.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    JamesWest no it was an UNCLE episode

    by KilliK

    i remember that.they had created a weapon in the form of soap foam which could dissolve everything.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2 p.m. CST

    George Clooney? Knock me over with a feather

    by RETURN_of_FETT

    Kind of falls into that "FUCKIN' DUH" catagory. Not because Clooney is perfect for the role, but because he's Soderberg's go-to guy for pretty much everything.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:04 p.m. CST

    T.H.R.U.S.H.

    by Sw0rdfish

    Technological Hierarchy for the Relagation of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (Thanks, Mickey)

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:09 p.m. CST

    I loved the music in The Informant.

    by blackmantis

    Reminded me of 60's spy movies so if he continues in that vein this could be a lot of fun.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Barrel scraping

    by Jiminy Cricket

    How many more below average TV series/toys/crappy animated series do we have to endure? Anyone wearing nostalgia goggles about Man From Uncle, watch it again, it's seriously dated and not that good even then. If you want to make a satirical cold war pastiche all well and good but who cares about Man From Uncle in 2010?

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:24 p.m. CST

    I am all in.

    by JediRob

    Clooney. Soderbergh. 60's. U.N.C.L.E. Solo. Can't wait.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    I liked the Uncle reference on NCIS

    by GeneralKael

    "What did Ducky look like when he was young? "Illya Kuryakin." I just wasn't expecting it... I think putting it in the 60s is a great idea if the don't make it camp.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Augh!!! Not George Clooney!!!

    by Royston Lodge

    I don't dislike Clooney, per se. He really is kind of an obvious choice to play Napoleon Solo. I'm just a little tired of his same, old, tired schtick, every single time he's on screen.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:27 p.m. CST

    Sharon Farrell looks like she could kill with a blowjob.

    by Royston Lodge

    The template for Xenia Onatopp?

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Been waiting for an U.N.C.L.E. reboot

    by Sonny_Williams

    Glad they're setting it in the 60's too. I just hope they get either Robert Vaughn or David McCallum to play the boss.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Clooney

    by solitaire

    Actually, despite the obviousness of the casting, Clooney is well suited for this. Like the guy or not he is a throwback to that older holllywood archtype-he is the modern Cary Grant, like Hanks is the modern Jimmy Stewart. Robert Vaugn had that effortless cool about him, and that is one thing Clooney can convey. I'm just hedging my bet as to whether or not it will be Damon or Pitt Soderbergh looks at for Illya

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:31 p.m. CST

    What's next, a remake of Spies Like Us?

    by Royston Lodge

    Starring Seth Rogan and James Franco?

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST

    couple of suggestions

    by brabon300

    first...have mccallum play the chief<P>second, let vaughn be the heavy<p>third, do not make it tongue in cheek....the best episodes were done before it became a satire on the spy genre

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Sorry but this sounds too cool for words

    by jasper Stillwell

    Soderberg? Clooney? The Man From Uncle? This might get me 'fapping' I'm afriad. This could be truly awesome.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Not terribly interesting, but Clooney is never bad

    by chien_sale

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:48 p.m. CST

    naw have vaughn as Mr Waverly

    by mojoman69

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    They should go with Jon Hamm and Fassbender

    by chien_sale

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Who takes over for Leo G. Carroll?

    by Fred

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST

    George Clooney better fucking be Alexander Waverly

    by SmokingRobot

    Because he's too old to be Napoleon Solo.

  • but it would be great to have Vigo Mortenson as a bad ass Ilya Kuryakin ala his russian role in Eastern Promises...but I'm sure they really must be considering younger actors as this has a franchise potential..

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Supervillainess Gervaise Ravel!!

    by darthliquidator

    ...played awesomely by Anne Francis. They should revive that character as Solo's nemesis...and the dissolving soap-bubble episode had my favorite UNCLE line...a THUSH operative to an imcompetent underling: "I should toss you back to Thrush Central...let them peel your skin off..."

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    The "rampaging soap bubbles" were a THRUSH weapon

    by kabong

    Some kind of disintegrative effect. <p> I don't remember what Affair it was in. I'm a geek, not an obsessive geek. <p> Check with Section Three, Communications and Intelligence.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    Ooops, darthliquidator. I didn't read all the posts

    by kabong

    before I started pounding the keyboard.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    This show was much more fantastical than Bond

    by terry1978

    If you've seen reruns, you know the shit gets pretty crazy. I would like to see what Soderbergh does with it though.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 5:16 p.m. CST

    It could be good

    by Baryonyx

    But probably won't be

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Not enough thrush gags in this talkback

    by Lone Fox

    .......... Oh. That's why. Eh, middle-aged caper go-to guy Clooney. Why not.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Hmmmmmm........

    by dukeroberts

    Hopefully they won't fuck it up like Mission: Impossible, The Wild, Wild West, The Avengers, Lost in Space, Bewitched, The Mod Squad, Starsky and Hutch, Leave it to Beaver, Car 54, Where Are You?, McHale's Navy, The Beverly Hillbillies, etc., etc., etc......

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    I wish Sodebergh would do . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    . . . more Karen Sisco flicks. And, yes, w/ J.Lo. . .

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    For A Good Time!

    by DrPepperPHD

    Read the first 7 posts in this thread in the voice of "Comic Book Guy".

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    Kyle MacLachlin for Solo

    by OutsideChance

    If you're going to pick a middle aged actor, that guy looks just like a younger Robert Vaughn

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Sharon Farrell was in EVERYTHING back then

    by OutsideChance

    Seriously, back in the 60s-70s I don't think there wasn't a TV show that she didn't guest star on. Sitcoms, crime dramas, even game shows....at least once a week you'd see her name in the guest star credits.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    This could be great...

    by Rendell

    But I too am wondering on who would be a good choice for Ilya. Maybe Leo DiCaprio or even Michael Fassbender (with his hair dyed of course). And how about Robert Vaughn in for the Leo G Carroll role as the boss?

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Please don't lump Soderberg with Nolan

    by Robber_Button

    Not even the same ball park. One of them has variety the other one's Nolan.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Soderberghs a fucking hack.

    by KonkBob

    not surprised he's doing another remake. he should remake the informant.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST

    "Vigo Mortenson as a bad ass Ilya Kuryakin"

    by Kaitain

    Cool idea.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Shocker!

    by krod

    Next matt Damon will be cast

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Does anybody really want to watch this?

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    Who's familiar with the original and still alive? Sounds like a money-grab by the rights holder(s) who are either elderly and want to cash out before death, or the party that inherited the rights and want to cash in on them ASAP. (This is why you've been seeing so many remakes of TV and movie properties from the '70s and '80s -- the rights holders are trying to ensure their retirement funds. I am no kidding.)

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 8:43 p.m. CST

    The coolest gun from the 1960's...

    by zinc_chameleon

    the refitted Walther P-38 that could be converted into a sniper rifle was an idea that has been stolen from U.N.C.L.E. and used over and over and over....

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    The U.N.C.L.E. offices had hot secretaries

    by Tacom

    I hope they keep that in.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Hope they keep it set in the 60's

    by Cheif Brody

    The problem with updating it to current times...is the villains. Islamic extremist terrorists and made up 3rd world dictators. Ugh. <p> In the 60's, EVERYONE was a potential villain. Same reason Indy was so good being set in the 30's/40's...Just can't have good Nazi villains today. <p> I think with the right script, Clooney as Napoleon channeling Don Draper would be awesome.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Favorite ep: The Brain-Killer Affair

    by kabong

    And that's probably what this new version will be.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Bob Orci and the other guy can produce it.

    by kabong

    Napoleon and Ilya will drive around in their U.N.C.L.E. car, bantering and bickering with each other.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Wow.. Just wow.

    by Robber_Button

    The level of mental incapacitation for posters has just reached a new mouth gaping, piss stained, shit smelling, sell the fucker to a circus and call him KonkBob the human fucking pinata. <br></br> <br></br> What in your ass sniffing, mono tinted, can't look up, tasty testicles world does hack mean? <br></br><br></br> It's bad enough that every clown with half an opinion applies the term to directors with 2 films under their belts now you want throw it at Soderbergh? Bet you're one the geniuses that have Peter Jackson on your list or maybe Danny Boyle? Cock. <br></br> <br></br> Stay away from cinema asshat you really have no fucking idea.

  • Nov. 17, 2010, 11:41 p.m. CST

    You had me at

    by Riff_Randell

    "...the project, which...at this point...looks to be retaining its 1960s setting." That is all. Finally someone who gets it.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    We want the GIRL from U.N.C.L.E.

    by crankyoldguy

    Are we not human, are we not wanting April Dancer? But played by....?

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4 a.m. CST

    Loved the TV show as a kid

    by HongKongCavalier

    ... but I really REALLY want the return of the BEST frickin' spy ever:<p></p> Derek Flint<p></p> make it happen

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:07 a.m. CST

    IT'S ALWAYS THE SAME--SODERBERGH MAKES A FEW BOMBS

    by JonChambers

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:08 a.m. CST

    THEN HE DOES AN "ENTERTAINMENT" MOVIE

    by JonChambers

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:08 a.m. CST

    TO GET BACK IN HOLLYWOOD'S GOOD GRACES ...

    by JonChambers

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:09 a.m. CST

    AT LEAST HE WON'T DARE FUCK "UNCLE" UP !!!!!

    by JonChambers

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 6:35 a.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Superfluous "(respectively)"!

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 7:32 a.m. CST

    put Dolph Lundgren in as Ilya and I'm interested

    by Spandau Belly

    I must break you.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 7:38 a.m. CST

    I was just about to say...

    by ron2112

    "Oh, let me think about it for one-millionth of a second. It's Soderbergh directing a fun actioner... geez, could he possibly be going with Clooney? Am I way off the reservation with that guess?" It's barely even news, it's so obvious.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 8:33 a.m. CST

    great directors list

    by maxwell's hammer

    Nolan needs at least 2 more non-Batman films before future film buffs truly accept him as a real wunderkind. 'Memento' and 'Insomnia' are classics, but 'Inception' (while very good) has been neutralized by all the slavish fanboy preening about how brilliant it is.<BR> <BR> Soduerbergh isn't to everyone's taste, but his prolific and varied work definitely earns him a spot on the list. Danny Boyle and Ang Lee fall into that category as well.<BR> <BR> Who said Richarl Linklater? What the hell has he done that's in any way interesting in the last 10 years? Seriously?

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST

    "THRUSH" wasn't really an acronym

    by Hipshot

    Although one of the guys who novelized the TV series created one: "The Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity" Up until that time, it was just the code-word for the enemy organization.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Philip of Bergundy

    by DrPepperPHD

    EBA: "Well there was a man, Philip of Bergundy, known to his enemies as, "The Hawk". <p> "We were deadly childhood rivals, although,of course, in those days he was known as "The Thrush".

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 11:44 a.m. CST

    Dolph Lundgren as Ilya is an INSPIRED IDEA!!!

    by Royston Lodge

    I would watch that movie.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Clooney too old for Solo

    by carabele

    I'm glad to hear that the current plan is to keep the movie set in the 1960s and the Cold War era. But Cloony is just plain too old to play Solo. 15 years ago, he would have been a good choice. Now that need a younger actor in his thirties or even late twenties. Clooney would surely make a good Mr. Waverly though (as really having Waverly as old as he was in the series isn't very realistic), or even a Thrush villainous mastermind.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 12:39 p.m. CST

    If this does get made...

    by Grandpa Bunche

    I cast a vote for the use of the Ventures' cover of the theme music over the credits. For no adequately explained reason, I've been hooked on the music from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and the them tune in particular, but the Ventures version rules all. You can find it on their "Batman" album, which also contains the best version of Get Smart you'll ever hear, along with the classic original instrumental "Hotline."

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    If they do this like they did Hawii 50 I will vomet

    by GreatCzarsGhost

    I was nine years when Man From Uncle was first aired on monday night on NBC. The next day at school every male was talking about the show. Everyone was making communicators out of Mach boxes and tin foil and doing kung fu chops to the back of the neck. that was a very different time. Please dont fuck this up.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    David Tennant as Ilya...

    by workshed

    Ilya is the brains; Solo, the brawn.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4 p.m. CST

    please please please dont have

    by mojoman69

    JAmes Caan's useless son Scott in it. Unless he gets killed in the first five minutes. Fassbender might make a good Ilya. or make it Ilyanna and use Olga Kurylenko! gggrrrrr.

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Anne hathaway as April dancer

    by mojoman69

    Just sayin'........

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Ha! "Spies Like Us" remake...

    by supa_dupa_oompa_loompa

    "Don't worry, they're Afghani freedom fighters! They're on our side!" Oh boy. How the times have changed! Then again, If we handed over Chevy Chase for torture it could facilitate peace talks, no?

  • Nov. 18, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    WE NEED A DEREK FLINT MOVIE!

    by ONeillSG1

    Good call!

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  • Nov. 19, 2010, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Open channel D...

    by Master Bruce

    Always thought Jon Hamm would make a good Napoleon Solo...he even resembles Robert Vaughan.

  • April 5, 2011, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Not wrong show

    by paulahik

    No, it was Muncle. I guess they had lots of dissolving soap bubbles in the 60s.

  • April 5, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Royston--George Clooney

    by paulahik

    I think Clooney would have been good for it a few years ago but now he's old enough to play Waverly, not Solo.

  • April 5, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    jim jam bongs must be 12

    by paulahik

    Otherwise, the 60s would not seem like so long ago that the only people who remember it must be dead of very old age by now. I'm neither dead nor ancient. I don't even qualify for senior citizen discounts yet.

  • April 5, 2011, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Dolph Lundgren as Illya???? Are you nuts?????

    by paulahik

  • April 5, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Do NOT make Illya a woman

    by paulahik

    bleh

  • May 30, 2011, 8 p.m. CST

    keep it like the first season

    by waltherp38

    the first year was great and holds up well today overall. After that , I did not recognize the show and would not have been a fan if I had not seen season 1. Sam Rolfe, the creator and producer, left the show after the first year and it became junk.First year, smart, clever, with a real edge and great music (which of course they changed).The show went from a first episode thrush assassin shattering bulletproof glass as he fired at Solo to a third season episode of Solo dancing with a gorilla. How can you figure that type of change out?

  • Feb. 15, 2012, 6:22 a.m. CST

    Paul Bettany would be a perfect Illya Kuryakin!

    by SlamHound

    Paul Bettany would be a perfect Illya Kuryakin,just check him out in Gangster #1