Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Who Is The "Man From "U.N.C.L.E." ?

Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh ("Ocean's 11") is looking for a lead actor to replace unavailable George Clooney as the new "Man From "U.N.C.L.E." in Warners upcoming feature adaptation of the 1960's TV series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.", based on a screenplay written by Scott Z. Burns ("The Informant") for producers John Davis and Jeff Kleeman.

The original NBC TV series, airing 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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