Steven Soderbergh In Talks To Direct THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.
Warner Bros. is in early talks with Steven Soderergh to direct their picture THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. based on the NBC TV show from 1964. Scott Z. Burns, who has written a few of Soderbergh’s films (The Informant and Contagion), is also in negotiations to write the picture.
An U.N.C.L.E. adaptation has been in the works for Warner Bros. since the 1990s, with Max Borenstein writing and David Dobkin directing. Borenstein’s script was considered, but now Dobkin is moving to the producer role leaving the new script open for Burns.
U.N.C.L.E. aired on NBC from 1964-1968 and focused on the American and Russian members of a secret agency called the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. Ian Fleming, author of James Bond, was a created of the show.
The film was expected to be an action-comedy, but with Soderbergh’s touch the project is up for interpretation. Soderbergh has directed such films as Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven, Traffic, and Solaris.
U.N.C.L.E. is expected to begin shooting at the end of next year.