Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney have made six films together paired as director and actor (three Ocean’s movies, Out of Sight, Solaris and The Good German), and many more as producing partners. Until today it looked like the seventh directing/starring partnership between the two would be The Man From U.N.C.L.E, with Clooney playing the role that Robert Vaughn made famous on television in the mid-’60s. But now Clooney is “in the process of withdrawing” from the film, leaving Soderbergh with a big spy story remake that has a leading-man sized hole in the middle. Read More »

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Over the past few years Steven Soderbergh has expressed frustration with filmmaking and has, more than once, talked about the prospect of an early retirement from directing. But the last time that talk cropped up it was just before the director went on a serious filmmaking jag. Rapid-fire projects ensued: The Girlfriend Experience, The Informant!, And Everything is Going Fine, Haywire (expect a trailer and poster soon) and Contagion, which is shooting now. Liberace is planned for 2011, and there’s the prospect of a Man From U.N.C.L.E. film from Mr. Soderbergh, as well.

But don’t think that all means that the retirement talk has been buried. Speaking from the set of Contagion, Matt Damon says Steven Soderberg really does plan to retire, and soon. Read More »

That didn’t take long. Barely 12 hours since the announcement that Oscar winning director Steven Soderbergh was in talks to direct an adaptation of the 1960s television show The Man From U.N.C.L.E, reports are coming out that his long time producing partner and leading man George Clooney is interested in starring in the film. Plus, though the film was originally going to be a comedy take on the material, Soderbergh’s take is to “not modernize the film and keep it set in the director’s beloved 1960s” and “take U.N.C.L.E. back to its roots” with help from writer Scott Z. Burns. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Everyone who wants to see a Steven Soderbergh spy film raise their hands. Well, you just may get your wish. The eclectic, Academy Award winning director is currently in talks to direct an adaptation of the mid-Sixties spy television show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Scott Z. Burns, who wrote two of Soderbergh’s most recent films – The Informant! and the currently in production Contagion – is also in talks to come on as a writer. The show was about an American and Russian spy who worked together for the agency called the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.

The film, which is set up at Warner Brothers, was originally going to be a more comedic take on the material with director David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) working from a script by Max Borenstein. Dobkin will reportedly stay on as a producer but Burns will look to write a new script. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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The Man From U.N.C.L.E., which originally saw life as a TV show in the mid-’60s, has long been in the Hollywood remake pile. Back in 2004 or 2005 Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn was set to direct, but dropped out to make another film that eventually didn’t happen. (He made Stardust instead.)

But the film keeps on going. Now there’s a new writer on board, and a new director attached: David Dobkin, who directed Wedding Crashers and was once set to make The Flash for Warner Bros. Read More »

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