Variety talking about the ups and downs of getting a movie made based on the popular ’60s spy show The Man From U.N.C.L.E., a project that’s gone through many incarnations, directors, and stars over the past few years, they’re reporting that plans are set to start shooting in early September with director Guy Ritchie confirmed at the helm and Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) starring in the roles of U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, respectively.
At last, they will start shooting and all come to rest.
Warner Bros. hopes to turn the film into a franchise despite the falling out of Tom Cruise in late May and a paring down of the production budget to $75 million. Plans are to shoot the film in Ritchie’s native London and in Italy working from a script written by Ritchie with his Sherlock Holmes collaborator, writer, and producer Lionel Wigram, acting as the origin story to tell how the two spies, one American and Russian, first met and started working together. Those roles were originally played by Robert Vaughn and David McCallum in the original series.