I never watched the TV show “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” because it was way before my time, and somehow the show never quite caught the public imagination like, say, “Mission: Impossible”. This 60s series followed the exploits of two secret agents, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, who worked for a mysterious organisation known as the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. These two guys are my only memory of the property.

Hollywood, having plundered pretty much every other property out there, has now turned its attentions to this half-forgotten hit show. Steven Soderbergh, director of “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Traffic”, is officially signed on to helm a big screen remake. Previously, George Clooney was linked to the production as its leading man, but he has since dropped out. Despite this small setback, the project remains on track, and today move site Comingsoon.net caught up with its screenwriter Scott Z. Burns to talk about the remake.

Burns said: “I thought it would be really fun to go back and look at spycraft in the Cold War and what you could and couldn’t do. When you think about the world in the 1960’s just in terms of cars and fashion and the aesthetic, to be able to go and shoot that world with today’s cameras and today’s technology, I think we could do some really cool stuff. Then also, the thing that was so cool about ‘U.N.C.L.E.’ that people don’t realize–and this is why I like it more than ‘Mission: Impossible’–the initial conceit of ‘U.N.C.L.E.’ was amazing. It was really about an organization that didn’t have an affiliation with a country and Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin were guys who should’ve been sworn enemies. One was Russian and one was American and they worked together. In that way, it was a really incredibly progressive, hopeful kind of show.”

No start date or casting update was announced just yet, but expect movement on this relatively soon…


  1. Pablo Pantoja

    8th November 2012 @ 10:18 am

    This would be outstanding… Everytime I see David McCallum on NCIS I remember this TV series. As a kid I never missed it and we bugged our parents to get us the cool gadgets for Christmas. If the remake is made it should be treated with respect; possibly consider having this agency in our own time or the “near future”.

  2. Wai

    9th November 2012 @ 6:50 am

    Pablo: Welcome to the site! Wow, another ancient entry rediscovered. Thanks for writing, anyway. And yeah, it’d be good to have a quality treatment of this project. Recently, there’s been no movement on it though.

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