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The Man From U.N.C.L.E - 8/5/2007 2:56:17 PM   
Timon


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Director Matthew Vaughn is in talks to helm Warner Bros. Pictures big-screen adaptation of the classic TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. After just missing out on directing Casino Royale due to production conflicts as well as dropping out of X3 due to 'studio problems', WB have given him 'UNCLE' to give Bond a run for his money.

Warner Bros. reportedly offered the U.N.C.L.E. remake to Vaughn after his pitch for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix seemed a bit much for them. In the words of Vaughn, "I did slightly scare them by saying the next Potter has got to be more like The Dirty Dozen. ... But I'm not going to be one of those directors who isn't honest about what he intends to do, and then changes everything when shooting has started and it's too late to fire him. I guess that's the producer in me." Now, that's something I would have liked to see.

Regarding his take on U.N.C.L.E., Vaughn says, "I've always wanted to make a spy movie, and our idea is like nothing you've ever seen before. The name is the only thing that's staying from the original show. The studio is giving us a lot of freedom to break the rules."
Screenwriter John Hodge (Trainspotting) is apparantly working on the script while Vaughn wraps up Stardust.

"We're writing it at the moment. We're totally trying to reinvent the whole genre. I'm a real Bondaholic, but I think The Man From Uncle will show Bond a few things." Apparantly Vaughn agreed to direct the Warner Bros movie because he grew up believing the 1960s show's star Robert Vaughn was his father until recent tests proved his biological dad is English aristocrat George De Vere Drummond.

The series, which ran on NBC from 1964-68, featured the espionage adventures of Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, agents of United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) who fight the forces of T.H.R.U.S.H. (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity).

As a huge fan of the 60's show (as it was on after Thunderbirds on BBC2), I can't wait to see what Vaughn gives us.

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RE: The Man From U.N.C.L.E - 8/5/2007 3:47:15 PM   
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I thought Tarantino had some sort of connection to this??

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RE: The Man From U.N.C.L.E - 8/5/2007 5:24:04 PM   
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From IGN - tis a year old though so ignore the Craig rumour;

Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Adaptation or Re-Imagination?
Matthew Vaughn set to direct amid controversy.

March 18, 2005 - The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the classic Cold War series that had many school kids talking into their ink pens requesting that someone "open channel D," is getting closer to production but may be facing a little espionage of its own.

According to a piece by Roger Friedman at FOX 411 today, the owners of the rights for the television series may be looking at legal action against Warner Brothers, producers of the film, depending on which way the studio decides to go with the film's concept. On the table are two potential ideas; one that would be a big screen version of the '60s series that spawned a couple of its own theatrical releases culled from two part episodes and another that would follow Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible mold of having nothing to do with the original series, save title and possible theme music. At least Warners isn't taking the third possibility, completely raping the concept and original series to make a joke out of it like Sony did with that wretched I, Spy film a few years back. The only good thing to come out of that disaster was that we finally got to see some decent DVD releases from the classic Robert Culp / Bill Cosby series.

With any luck, not only will we finally see some good U.N.C.L.E. DVD sets hit the shelves, we might get a half decent film. Quentin Tarantino had wanted to make a film based on the spy series for a while but the directing job has gone to one Matthew Vaughn, husband of model Claudia Schiffer and a man who thought for many years that Napoleon Solo himself, actor Robert Vaughn, was his father. According to reports, the younger Vaughn discovered that another man was really his father a few years ago and the two have been on the outs ever since, which could cause some problems if the studio wants Vaughn and fellow U.N.C.L.E. agent David McCallum (currently seen on CBS's NCIS what is it with this guy and government organizations that go by their initials?) to make a cameo.

Many people think that actor Daniel Craig, a favorite of Vaughn's who worked with him in upcoming film, Layer Cake and appeared in the films The Road to Perdition and Tomb Raider, has the inside track to take the part of super suave secret agent Napoleon Solo. Still up for grabs are who gets to play his partner, the equally suave and somewhat aloof Russian, Ilya Kuryakin and their Chief, Mr. Waverl


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RE: The Man From U.N.C.L.E - 8/5/2007 9:41:37 PM   
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Cool.  I've just been going through a bit of Man From U.N.C.L.E nostalgia, although, it wasn't as amazing as I remember....still great fun though!  However, would a new movie work in a post-Austin Powers world?

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RE: The Man From U.N.C.L.E - 8/5/2007 9:47:07 PM   
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The same way Bond has evolved. Get rid of the camper aspects such as Napoleon and Ilya getting knocked out every episode normally by women agents and make it a darker, gritty spy movie. Not a buddy film but two professionals that have a rapport and get the job done.

Like Vaughn says, " We're totally trying to reinvent the whole genre. I'm a real Bondaholic, but I think The Man From Uncle will show Bond a few things." He'll really be trying to prove himself I reckon as he was pretty annoyed he didn't get the Casino Royale gig.

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RE: The Man From U.N.C.L.E - 8/5/2007 11:20:07 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Beno

I thought Tarantino had some sort of connection to this??


Tarantino wanted to play Ilya Kurayakin alongside George Clooney's Napoleon Solo in a big screen version back in the 90s, never got it going though as far as I can remember.

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RE: The Man From U.N.C.L.E - 9/5/2007 10:10:33 AM   
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Tarantino as Kuraykin? That's awful. How about someone like Gabriel Macht?

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RE: The Man From U.N.C.L.E - 20/6/2007 2:47:43 PM   
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All seems quite on this front. With Stardust coming out soon and no doubt being a hit, I'm sure Matthew Vaughn will have his pick of projects and seeing as Marc Foster has been announced as the Bond 22 director, I'm sure he'll want to show what he can bring to the spy/action genre.

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RE: The Man From U.N.C.L.E - 30/10/2008 2:25:43 PM   
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Has this been completely dropped then? I remember reading Warners were really eager to get their own spy franchise going a la Bond and Bourne.

Pity, I would have really enjoyed this. Vaughn seems to have moved on with other projects...hurrumph.

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RE: The Man From U.N.C.L.E - 14/4/2010 8:37:31 AM   
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They have a new writer!

http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=65163


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RE: The Man From U.N.C.L.E - 18/4/2010 6:01:49 PM   
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Thanks for the news...love the The Man From UNCLE...fingers crossed for this.  Hoping it gets made...

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RE: The Man From U.N.C.L.E - 21/10/2011 7:53:50 AM   
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Apparently Bradley Cooper is in negotiations to be Napoleon Solo.

Also, here's a good article about the show's journey to the big screen thus far - http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/685722/the_directors_that_tried_to_tackle_the_man_from_uncle.html

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RE: The Man From U.N.C.L.E - 21/10/2011 10:59:29 AM   
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if they get the casting right and do a great version of the tv theme tune then i'll give it a go

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=the+man+from+uncle+theme&aq=1&oq=The+Man+From+UNCLE

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RE: The Man From U.N.C.L.E - 3/11/2011 2:59:42 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: Timon

Apparently Bradley Cooper is in negotiations to be Napoleon Solo.

Also, here's a good article about the show's journey to the big screen thus far - http://www.denofgeek.com/movies/685722/the_directors_that_tried_to_tackle_the_man_from_uncle.html


How modest of you, Timon.

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RE: The Man From U.N.C.L.E - 3/11/2011 9:35:43 AM   
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Hey! That guy knows what he's on about! Plus he's really, really good-looking...



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RE: The Man From U.N.C.L.E - 18/11/2011 3:03:14 PM   
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And Soderbergh's out.

Boo.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/exclusive-steven-soderbergh-opts-out-of-directing-warners-the-man-from-u-n-c-l-e#

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