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Steven Soderbergh in Talks to Direct The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Film

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Steven Soderbergh in Talks to Direct The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Film

Steven Soderbergh is in talks to helm a film adaptation of the mid-1960s television series ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’. The Academy Award-winning director will most likely re-team with screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, who wrote his films ‘The Informant!’ and the currently in-production ‘Contagion.’

There’s no word yet on what tone Soderbergh will take with ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,’ as he’s directed such lighter movies as ‘Ocean’s Eleven,’ and darker projects, including ‘Traffic’ and ‘Solaris.’ But the show, which aired between 1964 and 1968, followed American and Russian spies who worked for the United Network Command for Law Enforcement agency.

At first, the film was going to have a comedic tone when it was picked up by Warner Brothers. However, after original director David Dobkin, who helmed ‘Wedding Crashers,’ and screenwriter Max Borenstein left their respective roles, the studio turned to Soderbergh and Burns. Dobkin will stay on as a producer, however.

There’s also no word yet when Soderbergh will actually begin filming ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E,’ as his movie ‘Haywire’ is currently awaiting release. The Hollywood Reporter has suggested that he will begin filming at the end of 2011, after he finishes ‘Contagion.’

Written by: Karen Benardello

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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