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Warner Bros.’ big-screen adaptation of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E” is going to need a new Napoleon Solo, because Deadline is reporting that George Clooney, who has been attached to the role since last year, is “in the process” of ditching the movie for greener pastures.
More on “UNCLE” from a previous article (cause, no lie, I’m lazy like that):
“U.N.C.L.E.” the movie will be based on the 1964-68 TV show of the same name that starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as an American and Russian secret agent, respectively, working for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (aka UNCLE). The two super spies often fought the evil organization known as THRUSH, whose aims were, of course, to conquer the world. A whopping 105 episodes of the show were produced. And here’s an aside: Ian Fleming, who created James Bond, was one of the show’s creators.
The spy movie was originally supposed to star Clooney and be directed by Clooney’s “Ocean’s” movie buddy Steven Soderbergh. The director is still on the hook to direct, with Warner Bros. optimistically setting a 2012 release date for the film.
It’s unclear why Clooney is saying adieu to the project, but if Warner and Soderbergh needs a replacement, may I suggest Clooney’s buddy … Matt Damon?