I hadn’t heard up until now that there was a movie based on the ’60s spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. in development, but somehow it doesn’t surprise me. It makes even more sense that Warner Brothers would be trying to get the wheels in motion right about now, since spy movies are currently all the rage and have been ever since the third Bourne movie hit theatres a few years ago. Heat Vision reports that writer Max Borenstein has been hired to pen the script — the same guy who wrote the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic. At the very least, I guess we can assume he knows a few things about the 1960s. I just hope they don’t try to modernize it.
The more interesting part of the announcement is the fact that David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus) is apparently attached to direct the film, which might indicate that they want to turn it into a comedy of some sort. I’d rather not see a full blown parody, but I guess we’ll have to see what they have in mind. The original show starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, two secret agents working for U.N.C.L.E. (the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement). They were pitted against the evil forces of T.H.R.U.S.H. (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity). You just don’t get acronyms like that anymore nowadays… I wonder why? Any fans of the show out there? Who do you think should play the lead roles (aside from Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson)?