1. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Warner Brothers, 3,638 Theaters, 116 Minutes, Rated PG-13 for action violence, some suggestive content, and partial nudity, Rotten Tomatometer at press time: 66% Fresh [117 Reviews]): This seems like the most unlikely reboot/TV show adaptation ever. The hook of the TV show was that it featured an American spy teaming up with a Russian agent at the height of The Cold War. And the show evolved from a James Bond clone to a a campy send up of the genre. In other words, not something that would be easy to adapt.
It seems that Guy Ritchie is leaning more towards the original version, set in the 1960s, with a more subtle sense of humor added and this time a U.K. denizen is playing the American spy and an American is playing the Russian.
The agents must track down some stolen nuclear warheads before they could be used to start a nuclear war. Since we all are not glowing, I think they succeed.
2. Straight Out Of Compton (Universal, 2,755 Theaters, 147 Theaters, Rated R for language throughout, strong sexuality/nudity, violence, and drug use, Rotten Tomatometer at press time: 86% Fresh [77 Reviews]): Nowadays, people mostly know Ice Cube as a irascible, yet cuddly actor in a bunch of kid flicks and Dr. Dre as the producer who introduced the world to Eminem. But for us old fogies, we remember them as members of N.W.A., the west coast rap group who,with their east coast counterparts, Public Enemy, revolutionized the genre by telling bare bones, no holds barred raps about what it really was like to be a young black man in the inner cities of the U.S.A.
This is enough to fill up a pretty interesting biopic on its own. But the group was know for its infighting, controversy, and tragedy, which makes a biopic all the more appealing to the studios.
And it should be appealing to fans, if anyone in the 18-35 demographic actually knows who N.W.A. are.