The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Movie Gets a Writer


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)?

  • Colin

    60’s spy show?
    Warner Bros.?
    Comedy director?

    Expect something on par with Get Smart.

  • Ed

    The thing that gave UNCLE its humor was that each week some everyday Joe or Jane got involved with international intrigue (usually inadvertantly) and the UNCLE agents got involved to help and/or rescue. To make the movie work really doesn’t depend on who plays the UNCLE agents, but the everyday citizen who gets caught up in the spy game.

  • Agent52

    I agree with Ed wholeheartedly. Those 60’s episodes were really fun to watch. I wish I still had my U.N.C.L.E. card! The closest thing to The Man from U.N.C.L.E. I’ve found is CHUCK. The action is nicely mixed with the humor No surprise it’s on NBC!

  • dan simms

    Robert Downey,Jr ( with 3 inch heels) as Napoleon Solo and Owen Wilson ( with flat shoes so he appears to be shorter than RDJ ) as Illya Kuryakin. This would be a huge hit with Robert Vaugh and the old Illya in cameos. Also have Owen as the new Illya with a blonde crewcut. this will be a block buster out bond over bourne.

  • dan simms

    Oh I almost forgot they have to carry brief cases at all times.

  • dan simms

    plot idea : take the plot of the old Mickey Spillane movie “Kiss me deadly” with Ralph Meeker as Mike Hammer… that movie was ahead of its time modify it as a hip 21st century “Man from UNCLE” with action and like in “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” you’ve got a hit!

  • dan simms

    scene idea: Illya and Napoleon meet for the first time and they are attacked by some thugs and before Solo can react Illya ( Owen Wilson) kicks the two guys and knocks them out … Napoleon (RDJ) says thats that new karate I’ve got a black belt, Illya says no I was on the soviet soccer team I’ve got steel toe shoes.

  • dan simms

    Another idea the old Illya and Napoleon now run UNCLE they never had any kids but they have both have nephews named after them … thus Napoleon II and Illya II are in 2 senses The Men from UNCLE.

  • dan simms

    Robert Downey, Jr would be great as Napoleon Solo as stated earlier use the script of “Kiss me deadly” an old Mike Hammer movie and modify it to the 1980’s and make Napoleon and Illya the nephews of the old Napoleon and Illya. THE PERFECT CASTING ROBERT DOWNEY, JR ( this man is probably the greatest living actor in the world ) and OWEN WILSON ( he will be great if goes back to his roots in “Bottle Rocket”).

  • dan simms

    This will be a block buster ROBERT DOWNEY ,JR and OWEN WILSON will be the perfect NAPOLEON AND ILLYA.

  • Mark Notarian

    Napoleon Solo- George Cloony
    Matt Damon- Illya Kurikin
    Anthony Hopkins- Alexander Waverly

  • Purist Crank

    Watch Season i. That was when the original creative team was still together on the show. It was NOT a comedy, NOT a spy spoof, it was action-intrigue. Owen Wilson belongs in the Batman-ized Season 3 — or better yet, in the ’60’s Batman itself. He has no chance in the world of pulling off Kuryakin’s deadliness and droll subtelty. Pitt could, but he’s 10 years too old. Ditto for James Marsters, who could NAIL it. Maybe Orlando Bloom could manage it; not sure — he seems too fragile. As for the debonair but occasionally chilling Solo, Ian Somerhalder’s the man.

  • Purist Crank

    Oh, and Anthony Hopkins WOULD make a great Waverly.

  • lumbee1

    Play it straight, madmen era/cold war. Spies with cigarettes, whisky, wenches & dirty Reds.

    Don’t go fer larfffs as Austin Powers ruined that for everyone.
    James Bond is hopelessly trapped in the present.

    Done right it could be one hella franchise.