The Bourne boom is still in full effect in Hollywood right now, as studios continue to set the wheels in motion on more spy movies and espionage-themed thrillers. One fairly hot property in the genre right now is Warner Brothers’ The Man from U.N.C.L.E., a feature film based on the popular ’60s TV series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. They’ve been trying to set this up for years now, and back in April they hired Max Borenstein to write a script, with David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) in mind to direct. This week, however, we’ve got word on an exciting change of personnel. It sounds like Steven Soderbergh will be taking Dobkin’s place in the director’s chair, and The Bourne Ultimatum writer Scott Z. Burns will pen a new script. Clearly the only word for this is awesome.
Burns has worked with Soderbergh on his last two films, The Informant!, and the upcoming Contagion. Soderbergh himself is fresh off directing Haywire, an Alias-esque action-thriller starring Gina Carano, so it sounds like he’s in the right frame of mind to take this on. David Dobkin is apparently still on board as a producer, but I think we can all agree that Soderbergh is a much more interesting choice to direct.
I’ll be most curious to see how much of a comedic angle they take, and whether they decide to modernize it or keep it as a period piece. Soderbergh might seem like the kind of guy to keep it set in the ’60s, but then again, he did update Ocean’s Eleven while also keeping it stylish and fun as hell. According to Heat Vision, they’re looking to shoot it at the end of next year, and I, for one, can’t wait. Are you pumped to see Soderbergh take on The Man from U.N.C.L.E.?