George Clooney and Brad Pitt looking to star in The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
He transformed a long-forgotten Rat Pack movie into the first of a blockbuster franchise with his remake of Ocean’s Eleven. Now, Steven Soderbergh looks set to turn his attentions to The Man From UNCLE, the 1960s TV serial that followed the adventures of international spies Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum.
Soderbergh is being approached to take over directing duties on the long-gestating project. He will bring with him Scott Z Burns, who wrote his film The Informant! as well as Contagion, the director’s upcoming medical thriller. A film of The Man From UNCLE has been in development at Warner Bros since the 1990s. The original TV show, which aired from 1964 to 1968, saw Vaughn and McCallum as members of the titular United Network Command for Law and Enforcement, the former playing an American and the latter a Russian spy. It was one of a number of spy shows which flourished in the wake of the success of the early James Bond films, and 007 creator Ian Fleming was one of those involved in its conception.
George Clooney is being tipped to star as Napoleon Solo, while good buddy Brad Pitt is being considered for Illya Kuryakin. The project, which will reportedly be set in the 60s, is still in the early stages of development.