Jun 29, 2010

Man From U.N.C.L.E. Movie Update

The LA Times' movie blog, 24 Frames (via Bish's Beat), has a story today about the current status of the long in development Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie.  Last we heard (a few months ago), screenwriter Max Borenstein had been tapped to take a crack at the script and David Dobkin (Shanghai Knights) was attached to direct.  Dobkin was a bit of a surprise as he's most readily associated with comedies like Wedding Crashers and Fred Claus.  Now 24 Frames' Steven Zeitchik reveals that Dobkin will not be directing, only producing.  That means that the search is on for a director.  Zeitchik says that Doug Liman is at the top of Warners' wish list... but of course he is.  The Bourne Identity and Mr. & Mrs. Smith director (whose upcoming Fair Game The Hollywood Reporter says "might be one of the best spy movies ever") is at the top of a lot of wish lists, and currently attached to at least two other high-profile projects, so his involvement seems unlikely.  (Too bad.  I'd be happy to see him direct U.N.C.L.E.)  So the big news here is that Dobkin is not directing, and not who is.  The other big news is a report on the tone of the project.  According to Zeitchik, the script is "said to be a commercial action thriller with some comedic touches, but not the other way around."  Excellent!  Exactly how it should be.  More Season 1 than Season 3.

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