If it's crap ... We'll tell you
Who would have thought that adapting a 60s spy television series to film would be so difficult? With movies being churned out based on everything from children's books to board games, you'd think a movie based on the once popular TV series 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E' under the supervision of a director of Steven Soderbergh's caliber would be a breeze, right? Not so much. The film was originally set to star George Clooney, one of Soderbergh's favorite collaborators, but he dropped out back in August due to concerns about the physical demands of the role. Then the immutable scuttlebutt of the casting rumor mill flooded the web; Bradley Cooper appearing to be the top prospect. Then, just last month, it was announced that Cooper dropped out and Soderbergh was leaving the project as well. Now it appears that Guy Ritchie ('Snatch,' 'Sherlock Holmes') will be sliding in to the director's chair. Warner Brothers is working on a deal to snag the British director to helm the film using Scott Z. Burns' existing script.
Guy Ritchie is now effectively coming on to a troubled production. His first task is going to be to find a damn star! The project is already in danger of not meeting its projected 2012 release date, and it's no secret that not much progress can be made without someone in the starring role. Hopefully once Ritchie's deal is finalized, it'll be just a matter of days before a star is selected...and retained this time. I wonder who he might choose. Would he seek another collaboration with Robert Downey Jr. or reach back to his earlier days and go with someone like Brad Pitt (with whom he worked on 'Snatch')? And then of course there's the secondary role of the Russian agent, I have not even a inkling as to who Ritchie might cast for that...Boris the Bladeseems a touch too old.
What do you guys think of this director switch? Are you still interested in this project given all its tribulations?