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Tom Cruise reportedly in talks to appear in movie adaptation of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."

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Post by LornaDoone on Wed Mar 20 2013, 04:22

George was attached to a screen version of this film a few years back. Thought this info was interesting.

Man From U.N.C.L.E.': Will Tom Cruise star?

Tom Cruise is reportedly in talks to appear in the movie adaptation of 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' The movie version of 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.' is planned to be directed by Guy Ritchie.

By Sandy Schaefer, Screen Rant / March 19, 2013


Tom Cruise isn’t as invulnerable at the box office as he used to be (see: Rock of Ages), but WB is entrusting the Mission: Impossible star to carry another 1960s spy TV series-turned movie – in the form of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. adaptation.

Cruise is reported to have begun early talks for Man from U.N.C.L.E., presumably eying the role of American spy Napoleon Solo. We’re also hearing the actor is lining up to reprise his Jack Reacher role as the title character, drawing from one of the other seventeen books authored by Lee Child (whose eighteenth Reacher novel arrives this Summer).

Man from U.N.C.L.E. was going to be a reunion for screenwriter Scott Z. Burns and director Steven Soderbergh, with Channing Tatum being considered to star. Studio executives (reportedly) butted heads with Soderbergh on budget and casting, which prompted the director to move on and make Side Effects with Burns and Tatum instead. Sherlock Holmes producer Lionel Wigram and director Guy Ritchie were put in charge of the project after Soderbergh departed.

A Ritchie-directed take on Man from U.N.C.L.E. could lie in Cruise’s wheelhouse, as his version should feature the A-lister playing the “ordinary man with superhuman durability” type he’s perfected over the years. Soderbergh’s take would have fallen closer to The Informant! meets Haywire, which probably wasn’t a great way to attempt and jump-start a new lucrative franchise set on an international stage.

Will the masses be interested in watching Cruise trotting so close to his Ethan Hunt character, while crossing into Mission: Impossible territory (as far as contemporary spy game thrillers go)? There’s already a fifth Mission installment on the way, one which could reteam Cruise with Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie.

Speaking of which: the Reacher sequel new comes as a surprise, following reports earlier this year suggesting that Paramount will only consider green-lighting the project after its predecessor reaches the $250 million global benchmark (according to Box Office Mojo, it’s at $215.6 million). The followup isn’t a sure thing, but the solid profits on a $60 million investment – coupled with good vibes surrounding Cruise and McQuarrie’s hard-boiled crime/action throwback – have convinced studio heads to not throw in the towel just yet.

Cruise returns to the big screen in next month’s Oblivion, a sci-fi blockbuster that could build on the momentum from Jack Reacher – demonstrating its lead can still draw a sizable audience, outside of when he defies the laws of physics in a Mission: Impossible movie.

Indeed, it would be a nice to see the Cruise/Ritchie Man from U.N.C.L.E. adaptation follow Brian De Palma’s Mission: Impossible - by focusing on cloak-and-dagger espionage rather than cartoonish superheroics – and not repeat the mistakes from Ritchie’s overblown Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Otherwise, a Jack Reacher followup sounds like the more enticing future Cruise project.

Which sounds better to YOU: Richie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. starring Cruise or a Jack Reacher sequel? Do both sound equally promising – or have you gotten your fill of Cruise saving the world on the big screen?

Sandy Schaefer blogs at Screen Rant.

http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Culture-Cafe/2013/0319/Man-From-U.N.C.L.E.-Will-Tom-Cruise-star

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Re: Tom Cruise reportedly in talks to appear in movie adaptation of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."

Post by lucy on Wed Mar 20 2013, 10:51

Yep he's become an action star,at least he does it well.

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Post by LornaDoone on Thu Mar 21 2013, 03:13

For some reason his next movie I think it's called something like Oblivion? can't remember just remember the trailer from a couple weeks ago when I went to the flicks. It seems like it's set in the future and he's some sort of cop? that has to cleanse planets? Again, not sure but it just looked intriguing so I'll probably go see it.

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Post by Pink Ice 1990 on Sun Mar 24 2013, 22:28

The less I say about Cruise the better. Rolling Eyes

It will tick me off if the movie does get made, turns out to have a decent script and an actress stars with Cruise in it that I instead want George to work with already.

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Post by LornaDoone on Sun Mar 24 2013, 22:31

Pink Ice 1990 wrote:The less I say about Cruise the better. Rolling Eyes

It will tick me off if the movie does get made, turns out to have a decent script and an actress stars with Cruise in it that I instead want George to work with already.

Now now, you can't put that out there and not at least name the actress!

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Post by OofOof on Sun Mar 24 2013, 22:33

Really a shame that George and Soderbergh couldn't do this. It would have been a funky action flick I suspect. And, although I wasn't old enough to be a Man from UNCLE fan when it came out, I've seen some on old time TV and George seems like a good fit!

Not a big Tom Cruise fan but have to admit I liked the last MI and I thought the one he was in with Jamie Foxx was a really good movie.

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Re: Tom Cruise reportedly in talks to appear in movie adaptation of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."

Post by Pink Ice 1990 on Sun Mar 24 2013, 22:41

LornaDoone wrote:
Pink Ice 1990 wrote:The less I say about Cruise the better. Rolling Eyes

It will tick me off if the movie does get made, turns out to have a decent script and an actress stars with Cruise in it that I instead want George to work with already.

Now now, you can't put that out there and not at least name the actress!


Well, I'm thinking about anybody on the list I like that George hasn't worked with yet, but mostly Cameron Diaz. Two movies she's done with Tommy Boy, but still nothing with George after all this time, who'd she be a blast onscreen with (well, in my opinion anyway)? But then who knows if this movie will have a leading lady anyway, or what type the role would call for.

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Post by Mazy on Mon Mar 25 2013, 04:49

I am glad that George didn't do it at that time. Thankfully he knew that his back was in no shape to take chances. That being said there is NO way Tom Cruise can take George's place in anything.
I guess you can tell I don't like him, can't honestly explain why except that he is too full of himself. He's not kind to people like George. JMHO

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