When I saw Ocean’s Eleven in theatres, I thought it was the coolest thing on Earth — a modern, well-dressed take on a throwaway film that happened to star the Rat Pack. I even like the sequels! Which means that I’m very excited to hear from the Heat Vision Blog that Steven Soderbergh is going to direct a big-screen adaptation of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. for Warner Bros. This is especially exciting because he’s taken over the gig from David Dobkin who directed Wedding Crashers and Fred Claus, thereby proving that he has no business taking on a supercool espionage film.
The original U.N.C.L.E. was a TV series from the ’60s that followed secret agents, especially notable for depicting Russian, American and British agents working together under one organization. Which is pretty daring for the Cold War era.
Apparently, Soderbergh’s been venturing into action thriller territory lately, so U.N.C.L.E. makes sense for the director these days, especially after the daunting task of making the epic Che. Still, let’s hope that isn’t the end of Soderbergh being an exciting, adventurous director — though he has a tendency to jump from art film to commercial film a lot during the course of his career. Remember, this is the guy who had the audacity to remake Solaris.