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Clooney in Talks as Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 18, 2010 at 12:43AM

I was so fond of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. when I was a kid that I named my two kittens Solo and Kuryakin. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is yet another studio TV remake that begs the question: will anyone under 50 remember the title?
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I was so fond of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. when I was a kid that I named my two kittens Solo and Kuryakin. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is yet another studio TV remake that begs the question: will anyone under 50 remember the title?

But things are looking up now that George Clooney is in talks to star in Steven Soderbergh's film adaptation of the classic spy vs. spy series, reports The Playlist. The two men are long-time collaborators: they worked together as director and actor on Solaris and The Good German, and partnered on many productions during their tenure running their former production company, including Syriana and Good Night, And Good Luck.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is still in early stages, but The Playlist confirms that Warner Bros. has approved Soderbergh's "original take on the material, which would not modernize the film and keep it set in the director’s beloved 1960s (one just needs to take a look at The Limey for how much affection the lenser has for this era of filmmaking)." Soderbergh may want to throw out the existing scripts and start adapting from scratch. As always, the workaholic director is busy: coming up is Haywire (spring), Contagion (fall) and Liberace, set to film mid-late next year.

Plenty of time for U.N.C.L.E. to marinate.

This article is related to: Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, In Production, Steven Soderbergh, Remake, Action, Classics, George Clooney


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.