I love Steven Soderbergh. You just never know what the hell this guy is going to be doing next. One day he’s directing a silly trilogy like the “Ocean’s 11″ movies, and the next he’s in the jungles doing a two-part “Che” flick. He’s currently shooting a mainstream action movie called “Haywire” (formerly “Knockout”), and now word has him in negotiations to direct a big-screen version of the TV show “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”
“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.
If Soderbergh does board the film, he’ll be taking over for David Dobkin, who was attached to direct a while back. Scott Z. Burns, who wrote Soderbergh’s “The Informant”, is also in negotiations to board the movie as its new writer.