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Guy Ritchie is gearing up to shoot The Man From U.N.C.L.E., but he’s also now part of the development process for Empire Rising. The film, being set up for Ritchie to direct, will be set in 1930 and is based on Thomas Kelly‘s book of the same name, which tells the story of a romantic triangle that plays out against the backdrop of the construction of the Empire State Building.

The story involves an Irish immigrant with ties to the IRA, an artist, and a connected NYC resident with ties to City Hall and criminal organizations. If you think there’s potential there for this to be Warner Bros. own Titanic-type film, you’re thinking along the same lines as the studio.

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Hugh Grant Helps Out ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’

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Briefly: Guy Ritchie‘s new take on the spy show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is growing fast. He’s got Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer to play US agent Napoleon Solo and the Russian spy Illya Kuryakin. They’re partnered though the United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.) to fight bad guys.

Alicia Vikander and Elizabeth Debicki were added in the past weeks, and now Hugh Grant is on board as the head of British Naval Intelligence. We don’t know too much more about the setup of the film other than the fact that the main characters won’t start off relating to one another in a very genial fashion. [Deadline]

 

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After years of trying to bring The Man From U.N.C.L.E. back to life, Warner Bros. finally settled on director Guy Ritchie, and when Tom Cruise decided not to do the film, the studio looked to Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer to play U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin.

Now the film has picked a leading lady, and she’s someone with some big recent work with Warner Bros.: Elizabeth Debicki, who gave an eye-catching turn in The Great Gatsby. Read More »

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The film adaptation of the TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has gone through its fair share of big names. Steven Soderbergh, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Bradley Cooper and others all had their names circling the project at certain points. Most recently, Guy Ritchie was set to direct with Tom Cruise and Armie Hammer as two Cold War spies, but Cruise dropped out last week. Losing one of the biggest movie stars in the world was a significant blow to the project.

It seems Warner Bros. might have found a replacement, however, and the name is quite a surprise. The studio is in talks with the Man of Steel, Henry Cavill, to play the lead role of Napoleon Solo. Read More »

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Briefly: Armie Hammer worked with one of the world’s biggest movie stars in The Lone Ranger, and now he’s set to partner up with another in The Man From U.N.C.L.E., for which James Bond creator Ian Fleming contributed early concepts. Hammer has been added to the cast of Guy Ritchie‘s new version of the espionage-focused TV series that ran in the mid-’60s. Read More »

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Warner Bros. is not giving up The Man From U.N.C.L.E. The spy thriller has been kicking around for several years at the studio, going through Matthew Vaughn, David Dobkin, and Steven Soderbergh before finally landing with Guy Ritchie in 2011. The project’s been pretty quiet sinc then, but now it may be about to take a big step forward.

According to a new report, Tom Cruise is in early talks to take the lead role of Napoleon Solo, the Cold War spy originally portrayed by Robert Vaughn in the ’60s TV series. Hit the jump for more details.

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Activision is going to make a mint with the latest Call of Duty game, Call of Duty, Black Ops II, so it can afford to spend a mint making and promoting it. In addition to the general slate of talent assembled to created the game (which includes screenwriter David S. Goyer and musician Trent Reznor) the company went big with a new commercial to make sure every possible buyer knows about the game.

Guy Ritchie (Snatch, Sherlock Holmes) directed a clever and fun TV spot for the game featuring an appearance by Ritchie’s own Sherlock, Robert Downey, Jr. The spot plays up the title’s online gameplay aspect, and the constant competitive one-upmanship it engenders. There’s even a nod (or two) to that other big-screen franchise that Downey anchors. Read More »

Guy Ritchie to Direct ‘Treasure Island’

Briefly: Guy Ritchie and Warner Bros. have done well together with the Sherlock Holmes films, and the studio has now set the director to tackle Treasure Island.

Lionel Wigram, the producer who set up Sherlock, has been developing Treasure Island for some time, and since he’s taking the same sort of ‘period + modern style’ approach to the Robert Louis Stevenson story that worked for Sherlock, it makes sense that Ritchie would take the director’s chair.

Alex Harakis is the latest screenwriter to board the project. We don’t know if he’s going to work from previous drafts that Wigram and Warners had commissioned, or if this is a page one rewrite. We also don’t know where this lies on the priority list for Ritchie, Wigram, and WB. They’re working on that Man From U.N.C.L.E. update that Steven Soderbergh walked away from, and Ritchie may end up doing some new version of Cannonball Run, as well. [Deadline]

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