The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit, screenwriter Max Borenstein has just been tapped to pen the latest draft of the long-in-development film adaptation of the classic Sixties spy series. Borenstein wrote JIMI, a Jimi Hendrix biopic that made last year's prestigious Black List and ended up set up at Legendary Pictures. The trade reports that David Dobkin is attached to direct, and will also produce along with John Davis (who is involved in another upcoming Sixties spy TV adaptation as well, It Takes A Thief) and Jeff Kleeman. Kleeman is no stranger to the spy genre, having shepherded the Pierce Brosnan-era Bond movies when he was an executive at MGM in the 90s. Dobkin may have spent recent years doing strictly comedies of varying quality (Wedding Crashers, Fred Claus), but he also helmed one of my favorite action-comedies of the last decade, the silly and irreverent Shanghai Knights. Does his involvement signify that we can expect Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson to play Napoleon Solo and Illya Kurakin? Eh... I like those guys, but let's hope not! Personally, I would hope that an U.N.C.L.E. movie would stick to the tone of the show's first two seasons: fairly light, but heavier on the action than the comedy, with any comedy coming from the characters and situations rather than a loony premise. No dancing gorillas, please! It's true that Hollywood has a spotty record at best when it comes to reimagining Sixties spy shows as movies, but I remain ever positive each time they try because I love these properties and I want them to remain in the spotlight.It's been years since we've heard any substantial news on the development of a Man From U.N.C.L.E. film, but apparently Warner Bros. has been keeping Channel D open. According to
As far as I know, the closest an U.N.C.L.E. movie has ever come to being a reality was when Quentin Tarantino briefly flirted with the concept in the mid-90s, following the success of Pulp Fiction. Presumably that would have been a radically different take than the one now in the works.