Tom Cruise May be The Man from UNCLE

Tom Cruise in Mission Imposible - Ghost Protocol (2011) Movie ImageThat is, if he ends up signing on the dotted line, with industry trades having the actor looking to add a new action-adventure franchise to “Mission Impossible” and a burgeoning “Jack Reacher”.

Cruise is said to be in “early talks” to board the high-profile, potential new franchise, which currently has “Sherlock Holmes'” Guy Ritchie attached to direct. Ritchie took over the project after Steven Soderbergh was attached for a few years before leaving after the movie languished in development hell, with the studio unable to secure a big-name for the big-budget project.

Warner Bros. has been high on a movie version of the ’60s spy TV show for years now, and at one time George Clooney was supposed to star. Joel Edgerton and Bradley Cooper were also previously rumored for one of the two main leads. None of them worked out.

The original TV show ran for four seasons and starred Robert Vaughan and David McCallum as top agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (aka U.N.C.L.E.), tasked with fighting the enemies of peace, particularly the nefarious forces of T.H.R.U.S.H. (aka Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity, of course).

As previously mentioned, other big names have been rumored for Warner Bros.’ big-screen adaptation of the show before, and none have actually panned out.

Via : Deadline