Steven Soderbergh will NO LONGER call action on a big screen version of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E" according to The Playlist.
Casting and budget issues have caused Soderbergh to walk away...The studio set a low $60 million dollar budget proposal for what is supposed to be the first in a franchise trilogy. Soderbergh felt the figure wasn’t enough for a ‘60s set period spy film that’s set on four continents, and with a March date looming, he could no longer wait for the studio to refine numbers or set cast, officially pulling out of the pic
Casting has always been a concern; Channing Tatum was just the latest actor in the mix---Newly minted Sexiest Man Bradley Cooper was in talks for this but he left the table--Ryan Gosling, Alexander Skarsgård, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Robert Pattinson Leonardo DiCaprio Ryan Reynolds were on the list at one point once George Clooney was gonna play the role but left the pic after injuring his back. Once that happened the wanted younger (read CHEAPER) actors in the leads
The original 60's series saw Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as two agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.), who fought the forces of Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (T.H.R.U.S.H.).
Scott Z. Burns wrote the latest script draft of U.N.C.L.E and had planned to keep the 60's setting.
David Dobkin, Jeff Kleeman and John Davis are producing the action comedy...
Let the speculation begin as to who may take over...For now though with Soderbergh no longer interested I'm not either...A March start is impossible now anyway