After Steven Soderbergh dropped out of directing The Man From UNCLE a couple of weeks ago, it seemed that with difficulty finding a star and the helmer dropping out, the whole project was in jeopardy. However Warner Bros is sticking with it, as Deadline reports Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie has signed on to produce the movie alongside his partner Lionel Wigram. Ritchie is apparently eyeing it as a directing project, but that hasn’t been confirmed yet.
The film is adapted from The Man from UNCLE TV series that ran from 1964 to 1968. The show followed the United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.), which protected Earth from the evil organization Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (THRUSH). Soderbergh was keen to keep the 60s setting, but it isn’t known if that will change with Ritchie.
With production unlikely to to happen for a few months at least (Soderbergh planned to shoot in January), there’s the possibility George Clooney may come back onboard, as he only dropped out because his back surgery clashed with filming.
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