Warner Bros. Pictures will soon say 'U.N.C.L.E.' The studio announced today that production commences on Guy Ritchie's "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." September 9. The film stars Henry Cavill("Man of Steel") and Armie Hammer("The Lone Ranger", "The Social Network").
"The Man From U.N.C.L.E." will re-imagine the popular 60's television series of the same name. The series centered around secret agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. Bitter rivals from the CIA and the KGB, the two are forced to team up when an international criminal organization looks to reek havoc. Viewers followed these employees of U.N.C.L.E through 105 episodes of intrigue spanning just over three years. According to Wikipedia, Ian Fleming contributed to the show's original concept, so much so that it was originally titled Ian Fleming's Solo.
Guy Ritchie is no stranger to bringing new life to classic material, having directed the last two "Sherlock Holmes" films. In addition to directing, Ritchie wrote the film with his producing partner Lionel Wigram. While the duo have worked together before, this will be their first collaboration under the brand new Ritchie/Wigram Productions entity. Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns(the upcoming "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes", "Side Effects") was originally tied to the project. At press time, the Internet Movie Database(IMDB) still gave him that writing credit.
"Guy and I have long loved these characters, and wanted to start from scratch with our own take and create a film steeped in the 1960's for today's audience," said Wigram.
Cavill will portray Napoleon Solo, and Hammer will star as Illya Kuryakin. The film also stars Hugh Grant as Waverly, the duo's boss. Oscar-nominated director of photography John Mathieson("Gladiator", "X-Men: First Class") will shoot the film with location stops in Italy, Rome and Naples. The majority of the filming will be done in England.
A release date for "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." has yet to be announced.