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Borenstein's Your (Man From) UNCLE
Writer tapped for big-screen return

15 April 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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The Hollywood update of The Man From UNCLE is one of those projects that seemed destined forever to languish in Development Hell. But it just got a bit nearer to fruition, with the news from The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision Blog that a writer is now on board, in the form of Max Borenstein. He joins the already attached director David Dobkin.

The Man From UNCLE, as you most assuredly already know, was a light-hearted spy series that ran for 105 episodes between 1964 and 1968, and was partly developed by James Bond creator Ian Fleming. It starred Robert Vaughn as the suave and sophisticated American agent Napoleon Solo, and David McCallum, in an interesting bit of Cold War detente, as the intense Russian Illya Kuryakin.

The international intelligence agency UNCLE was the United Network Command for Law an Enforcement. Their chief antagonists were the agents of THRUSH: the Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (although that acronym was never actually revealed in the series: it's a retcon from the spinoff novels). The series spawned a sister in The Girl From UNCLE, several cinema releases of expanded TV episodes, and a reunion TV movie in 1983.

All cracking stuff, and the possible basis for a great reboot, as long as it's nothing like the Ralph Fiennes / Uma Thurman Avengers. Borenstein is a bit of an unknown quantity, but wrote and directed the indie Sword Swallowers and Thin Men, which picked up some notices at the 2003 LA Film Festival, and is writing the in-development Jimi Hendrix biopic

David Dobkin directed Wedding Crashers, Shanghai Knights, and Fred Claus though, so make of that what you will...


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the new men from uncle
when are they going to make it and who should star. well how about Ben Afflick and Matt Damon, they would be perfect as Napolon Solo and The russian guy Illya kurackin...hell who can spell that name anyway...if they would do it it could be great and Paul Greengrass, is that his name ,to direct or even Ben could do it but none of that slow labourious soulserching shite...fast and furious and with a good storyline...an update of ..One Spy Too Many...the one with Rip Thorn as Allaxander the Greater More

Posted by anthony liston at 13:46 on 19 April 2011 | Report This Post

a bad idea like the others
It's so wrong to make a film out of the man from uncle series, when so many others have been ruined like starsky and hutch which was one long comedy movie, the avengers, miami vice did anyone else hear or understand what was going on in that film, the only exception is SWAT and Dragnet. But like those that did not do as well the same can be said of the man from uncle series that doesn't even need to be made into a film because whoever steps into the shoes of robert vaughn and david mcCallum wo More

Posted by anakin solo at 16:03 on 18 April 2010 | Report This Post

quentin tarantino
I think quentin tarantino want make it in the 1990s with geogre clooney. You can guess which version i prefer to see. More

Posted by malreynoldsmycaptain at 17:20 on 15 April 2010 | Report This Post

oh god... here we go again
yeah, it'll be some car crash 'comedy' version with 'comedy' stars doing 'funny' things. horrible. what gets me is that people sit about and actually try and make stuff like this work! if they'd just spend half as much time writing new stuff... More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 14:54 on 15 April 2010 | Report This Post

RE: DUCKIE!
T.H.R.U.S.H lol, ah I remember watching it on TNT back in the day. I loved the series, hope this adaptation will be make the series proud! More

Posted by PeroxideTooth at 13:36 on 15 April 2010 | Report This Post

DUCKIE!
Better have McCallum in it, at least in a cameo but maybe as the head of UNCLE. I have no major fondness for the old show, but I do have a feeling they'll screw the pooch. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan to star.... *shoots self* That or whats his face who played Chekov. More

Posted by TheRealMacgyver at 11:17 on 15 April 2010 | Report This Post

It will be shit.. like they all are More

Posted by chris wootton at 09:05 on 15 April 2010 | Report This Post

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