On the quickie heels of news that Steven Soderbergh was directing a big-screen version of the ’60s spy show “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” for Warner Bros., comes this latest news via The Playlist that George Clooney is “eyeing” one of the two main leads in the film (unless, of course, they plan on eschewing the original show’s two-men lead format).
Clooney has starred in six previous Soderbergh-directed films, including all three “Ocean’s 11” movies, along with “Solaris” and “Out of Sight”, two of my favorite films of the director. “U.N.C.L.E.” would mark the seventh time they’ve worked together as director and star, and really, Warner Bros. would be nuts for not jumping at the chance to re-team them. The ads essentially write themselves. “From the guys that brought you ‘Ocean’s 11’, etc etc…”
The idea behind the big-screen “U.N.C.L.E.” would not be to modernize the story, but will instead keep the setting in the 1960’s, which should prove interesting. I would imagine a lot of opportunities for Soderbergh to ply his “Ocean’s 11”-style coolness with a dash of old Sean Connery slickness thrown in.
If all goes well, Warner, Soderbergh, and Clooney may be at work by late 2011.