George Clooney Might Lead Soderbergh's 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.'?
Just yesterday we found out that Steven Soderbergh was being lined up to direct an adaptation of 60s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which followed the adventures of American and Russian members of a secret agency called the United Network Command for Law & Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.). Now The Playlist has uncovered some more details on the adaptation including word that George Clooney, who has worked with Soderbergh on Solaris, The Good German, Out of Sight and all the Ocean's Eleven films, is already in talks to lead the project. However, it's not coming together immediately since development has only begun.
Good news comes from the fact that this won't be an adaptation that simply modernizes an old TV series, but rather will stay in the 1960's and go back to the roots of what made the original series great. Though this project has been in the works since the 90's, Warner Bros. is apparently starting from scratch and will likely not use any of the previous scripts from Max Borenstein or David Campbell Wilson. Remember, Scott Z. Burns (who wrote The Informant! for Soderbergh) is writing the new version of the script, and if we're looking at a combination of the period feel of The Limey, the star and action of Ocean's Eleven and the subtle, satirical humor of The Informant!, then I think we're in for quite a great flick.
A bit of a curveball comes along with this news though since The Playlist says The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is apparently being viewed as the last film Clooney and Soderbergh will make together. If that's the case, it sounds like Soderbergh might follow through on his talk of retirement in July of 2009. He's certainly been firing off a lot of different projects lately, so maybe he's just making one last marathon run of features before leaving the film industry. It'll be quite disappointing to see him go, but at least he still has Liberace and hopefully this new project with Clooney to keep him around for a few more years. We'll keep you posted as this project continues development. Interested in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with George Clooney?