Steven Soderbergh Possibly Directing 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'
For years Warner Bros. has been trying to adapt the 60's TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. for the big screen since the 90's. Most recently David Dobkin was set to direct the film which would focus on the adventures of American and Russian members of a secret agency called the United Network Command for Law & Enforcement (or U.N.C.L.E.). Now a director fresh off another spy venture may be at the helm. Heat Vision reports Steven Soderbergh (who recently finished Haywire with Gina Carano) is in early talks to direct the adaptation, which is expected to be an action comedy that will hopefully be better than Get Smart.
Likely we're looking at a more intelligent kind of comedy, perhaps even satire as Scott Z. Burns (who wrote The Informant! for Soderbergh) is behind the scrip now. The previous draft came from Max Borenstein when David Dobkin was still directing, but it sounds like the studio is going in a slightly different direction (though Dobkin is still producing). I can see Sodberbergh bringing the same comedic/action sensibilities that he brought to Ocean's Eleven into the spy world, and that sounds just fine to me. It's not clear how soon Soderbergh might start working on the film (he's currently shooting Contagion), but it sounds promising. What do you think?