Tom Cruise Eyeing ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ With Guy Ritchie At Warner Bros

EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros may have finally found its The Man From U.N.C.L.E. I’m hearing that Tom Cruise is in early talks to star in the film that will be directed by Sherlock Holmes helmer Guy Ritchie. The original TV series ran from 1964-68, with Robert Vaughan and David McCallum playing Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, two agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. With gadgets and their wits and charm, they fought the evil forces of Thrush. Warner Bros has long been high on the project, especially when the studio had Steven Soderbergh ready to direct George Clooney in the lead. The actor dropped out because he needed surgery on his neck and back, and he wasn’t up for a physical role. After Soderbergh departed, the studio turned the project over to Ritchie and his producing partner Lionel Wigram.

If this happens, it would give Cruise another shot at a franchise. He already has Mission: Impossible, which has another installment being developed by Christopher McQuarrie to direct, and I’m told that he will reprise the Jack Reacher role from Lee Child’s books, after the $60 million-budget Jack Reacher grossed more than $215 million worldwide for Paramount and Skydance. Warner Bros began quiet talks with Cruise after he completed All You Need Is Kill with director Doug Liman, which must have turned out pretty strong. Cruise next stars in the Joseph Kosinski-directed Oblivion for Universal Pictures, Cruise’s first futuristic sci-fi film since Minority Report. The film bows April 19. He’s repped by CAA.

Comments (60)

  • Yeah, like that’ll happen…

    Comment by Sheldon W. — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 4:17pm PDT  
    • Great idea. Because Cruise was so great in Jack Reacher…

      Comment by Ed — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 6:58pm PDT  
      • Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher FAR better than his Mission Impossible
        series…more adult…more believable. The ONLY reason this did poorly at the box office was it’s lack of PROPER promotion.
        It was EVERY bit as good as The Bourne Identity because it took time to DEVELOP THE CHARACTERS and show their human emotions as well as crafting a storyline that wasn’t predictable.
        Cruise in Man from U.N.C.L.E. may well DOOM him to never being taken as a serious actor again.
        You’ve got a winner in Jack R. Now MILK it…and put Cruise back on the map as someone who can give Mark Wahlburg and Matt Damon a run for the money…before he gets too old.

        Comment by Frank Belmont — Wednesday May 22, 2013 @ 4:42pm PDT  
    • NOT Tom Cruise!!! I AM an old fan of “The Man from Uncle” nd he does not have what it takes, a far as I am concerned anyway. And nobody can replace David McCallum.

      Comment by Pattie — Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 2:07pm PDT  
  • As Napoleon Solo this nigh work.

    Comment by Allen — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 4:18pm PDT  
  • this version of the script is supposed to be not great…every leading man has already passed…seriously doubt this will come to pass. Heard the Burns/Soderbergh script was great..they(WB) just want this to be a close of Sherlock Holmes.

    Comment by MariaH — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 4:20pm PDT  
  • How can you be the star of Mission Impossible and Man from Uncle? Does that mean that Chris Pine can be the lead in Star Wars Episode 7 ?

    Comment by Cuppajoe — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 4:23pm PDT  
    • Nobody really knows what Boba Fett looks like under that helmet…..

      Comment by anotherwgamember — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 4:33pm PDT  
      • Actually that’s one character that everybody DOES know what he looks like under the helmet.

        Comment by Cuppajoe — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 5:18pm PDT  
      • Uh, yes, we do. They’re called clones for a reason, or have you not been paying attention? He looks exactly like Temuera Morrison, with only superficial differences.

        Comment by Veteran Assistant — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 5:35pm PDT  
      • Actually, Bobba Fett proabagly looks a lot like his brother, Greedo.

        Comment by LPB — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 8:03pm PDT  
    • It’s called acting.

      Comment by Jo — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 4:59pm PDT  
      • “Thank you!’ (in jon lovitz master thespian voice)

        Comment by Cuppajoe — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 5:19pm PDT  
  • I love Tom Cruise. I’ve enjoyed almost every film the man has made. But can we please get two fresh, younger faces to launch this movie adaptation? If handled correctly, this could be a 007-like franchise for the studio. It shouldn’t merely be another vehicle for one mega-star and it’s way too close to Mission:Impossible in flavor. Sorry Tom, but I can’t see you in this one. It’s redundant.

    Comment by Just Me — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 4:32pm PDT  
    • Shemar Moore from criminal minds

      Comment by Isa — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 9:28pm PDT  
    • Idris Elba as Solo— Goran Visnic as Kuryakin— Michael Gambon as Mr. Waverly. KEEP the Jerry Goldsmith theme music!!!

      Comment by DJT — Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 3:58am PDT  
  • Tom Cruise needs to stop ruining films.

    Comment by Heather Gillroy — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 4:34pm PDT  
  • Can this guy still open a movie!?!

    Comment by pete — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 4:40pm PDT  
  • Maybe Tom Cruise can be the new John Carter when Disney re-boots JOHN CARTER OF MARS.

    Comment by markLouis — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 4:45pm PDT  
  • Why is Tom Cruise desperately only doing these big studio action films ? It would be wiser for him to purse some roles in quality indie films or other smaller character driven films. I loved Cruise’s performances in Jerry Maguire, Collateral, Magnolia, Rain Man, and Born On The Fourth Of July. This guy should at least try to mix it up. His representatives are not giving him the best career advice.

    Comment by Cruise Fire Your Agent — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 4:51pm PDT  
    • Agreed, great actor when given the right role. Tentpoles are fun, he gets to scale building and stunt drive, but come on Tom– we want to see you ACT again

      Comment by scribe — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 5:21pm PDT  
    • He was so much better off when Rick Nicita was running things and not Kevin Huvane.

      Comment by The truth — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 11:42pm PDT  
    • It’s clear that he’s doing all these action pictures while he’s still in good shape, which is not a good reason at all. I completely agree; time to mix it up, Tom!

      Comment by Michelle — Tuesday March 19, 2013 @ 5:40am PDT  
  • Actually that’s the one character that everybody DOES know what he looks like under the helmet.

    Comment by Cuppajoe — Monday March 18, 2013 @ 4:55pm PDT  
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