Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Clooney Targets "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."

Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh ("Ocean's 11") is in talks to direct Warners upcoming feature adaptation of the 1960's TV series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", starring actor George Clooney.

The new "U.N.C.L.E." screenplay will be written by Scott Z. Burns ("The Informant") for producers John Davis and Jeff Kleeman.

The original TV series, broadcast on NBC September 1964 to January 1968, followed the exploits of two secret agents, played by actors Robert Vaughn ("The Magnificent Seven") and David McCallum ("The Great Escape") , who work for the clandestine, international law-enforcement agency 'U.N.C.L.E.' ('United Network Command for Law and Enforcement').

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced 105 "U.N.C.L.E." episodes, originally developed by Sam Rolfe for executive producer Norman Felton, with "James Bond" author Ian Fleming contributing characters 'Napoleon Solo' and 'April Dancer', to series scriptwriters Robert Towne ("Chinatown") and Harlan Ellison ("The City On The Edge Of Forever").

In the TV series, American Solo (Vaughn) and Russian 'Illya Kuryakin' (McCallum) report to 'Alexander Waverly' (Leo G. Carrol'), aka 'Number One of Section One'.

U.N.C.L.E.'s archenemy is 'THRUSH' ('Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and Subjugation of Humanity'), that originated within the WW II Third Reich, believing in a '2-party' system of masters and slaves.

TV Spin-offs included "The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.".

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