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Man from U.N.C.L.E. gets new writer

ManFromUNCLE.jpgThe Man From U.N.C.L.E. is to be adapted for film after six years from the first announcement, but unfortunately Matthew Vaughn isn't lined up to make the film any more, after all that was a long, long time ago in Hollywood years.

So now the two spies from the sixties are set to return and fight evil feminine itching once again. Oh no, back then it was an evil organisation out to destroy the world.

I tracked down when I wrote about The Man From U.N.C.L.E. being adapted for film, and it was so long ago it was back when I wrote for the site that shall not be named. Of course since then the links have been changed and my name has been replaced on the article with the previous site owner, now that's cold. Which reminds me, I have a dump of all the articles I wrote there, I must import them all into Filmstalker, under my name.

Anyway, sidetracked again. 10th December 2004 is when I wrote about the adaptation, the BBC had the news and said that was going to be helmed by none other than Matthew Vaughn, and knowing what we know about the director now, that would prove to be a great choice.

The original series of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law Enforcement) had Robert Vaughn and David McCallum playing secret agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, fighting against the equally secret organisation T.H.R.U.S.H. - mmm – the Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity.

News followed on 28th March 2005 that the film was still being worked on by Vaughn with writer John Hodge promising that the film would be nothing like the television show matching it in name only.

Now The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision is reporting that the film is back on and David Dobkin is set to direct, think Shanghai Knights and Fred Claus, so it's going to definitely be a comedy then.

I'm not sure that this film is really going to offer anything new. Isn't it something we've seen before, in the televisions series? Adapting it for film can't mean it's still set in the sixties, and they can't be considering going all Austin Powers on the idea can they? Seriously, how can you see this working, because I can't figure it.



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