Tom Cruise is in early talks to headline Warner Brothers’ big screen revival of the 1960s spy spoof television series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Director Guy Ritchie, the man behind the studio’s popular Sherlock Holmes films featuring Robert Downey Jr., took over developing the project after Steven Soderbergh dropped out.
No writer has been announced for the project.
The original series ran from 1964 to 1968 and starred Robert Vaughan and David McCallum as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin as two agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement fighting the evil forces of THRUSH.
Frankly, it is beginning to look like Cruise is hogging up all the franchises. He already has the Mission: Impossible series and it is looking as if last year’s Jack Reacher, based on an installment of Lee Child’s mystery novel series, may launch a series. And yes, Cruise probably still have enough clout to open a movie, especially when tied to a known quantity like U.N.C.L.E. would be, but I would still like to see someone else get a shot at the role.