Update: A few hours after news broke that Steven Soderbergh would be directing an adaptation of the 1960s spy series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," The Playlist learned that George Clooney is in talks to play one of the leads, presumably Napoleon Solo, the part made famous by Robert Vaughn. Brad Pitt sure would make a mighty fine Ilya Kuryakin--just sayin'...
Soderbergh has signed on to direct "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," based on the classic international spy show of the same name that starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, reported Heat Vision. He'll be working with a script by Scott Z. Burns, who co-wrote "The Bourne Ultimatum," as well as Soderbergh's next two features.
The show was co-created by Ian Fleming of James Bond fame and featured Vaughn and McCallum as Naploleo Solo as Ilya Kuryakin, a pair of super spies working for U.N.C.L.E. (United Network Command for Law and Enforcement) to thwart the evildoings of T.H.R.U.S.H. (Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity).
Throughout his career, Soderbergh has masterfully balanced following his artistic whims with paying his bills, but doing so without compromising himself. As he's became steadily more established, the time between commercial ventures had grown. So now, three years since "Oceans' 13," with four features released, a documentary in the can, two films in post-production and another film shooting, he's ready to make some more money. We're all for it.
Soderbergh's next film will be "Haywire," starring MMA fighter Gina Carano as a black-ops specialist out for revenge after she's been betrayed by her superiors. The film also stars Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender, Michael Douglas, Ewan McGregor and Antonio Banderas. It should be out in early 2011.
"Haywire" will be followed by "Contagion," starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Laurence Fishburne, in the story of a viral outbreak that threatens the future of mankind. It's due Oct. 21, 2011.