If there’s one thing Steven Soderbergh can never be accused of, it’s passivity. Soderbergh just wrapped production on his first foray into the action realm, Knockout. He’s currently filming the star-stuffed thriller Contagion. He’s set to film a Liberace biopic with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon next summer. And now, just to add to the workload, Soderbergh is in early talks to direct The Man from U.N.C.L.E., an adaptation of the 1960s spy series.
Hit the jump for a closer look at the project, as well as some of my thoughts.
Here’s Heat Vision’s rundown of the series:
U.N.C.L.E. aired on NBC from 1964-68, during a Cold War period that saw numerous spy shows hit the airwaves. James Bond author Ian Fleming was even a creator of the show, which focused on the adventures of American and Russian members of a secret agency called the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.
Scott Z. Burns (The Informant) is negotiating to pen the script. Interestingly enough, this isn’t the first time an adaptation of the series has been attempted. Ever since the 1990s, more than a few directors have tried their hand, the most recent being David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers).
It’s easy to imagine the tonal direction Dobkin would have taken the material, considering his resume of irreverent, broadly drawn comedies. But with Soderbergh at the helm, the thematic possibilities for the story increase substantially. Will he snark the story up, ala his Ocean’s trilogy? Will he go all moody on us again, in something akin to Traffic or Solaris? Or will he return to the film noir well and reattempt the style of his underrated The Good German?
Oh, the possibilities…