Guy Ritchie’s U.N.C.L.E. philosophy

Photo of Armie Hammer and Guy Ritchie that appeared in the Daily Mail

Photo of Armie Hammer and Guy Ritchie that appeared in the Daily Mail last year.

The Empire magazine story about The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie still isn’t online, but fans have posted images of the print version. It contains a few quotes from director Guy Ritchie.

Ritchie said he only dipped so far into the original 1964-68 series that starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum.

“We’re tipping our hat to the original series, but we’re really taking the positives of the existing brand and reworking them for a contemporary audience,” Ritchie told Empire.

“There were only a few things I needed to keep from the TV series. It needed global stakes, a Russian and an American. The Russian had to be blond and the American dark. Other than that, it brings no baggage for being an ‘inherited project.'”

The last comment is an apparent reference to how an U.N.C.L.E. movie project has been bouncing around for years. Ritchie took it over after director Steven Soderbergh exited in late 2011.

Ritchie’s movie is an “origin of U.N.C.L.E.” story, with Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) a CIA agent and Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) a KGB operative who join forces in the early 1960s. In the television series, U.N.C.L.E. had been around for some time, with Solo and Kuryakin trained as U.N.C.L.E. agents in the 1950s.

The movie is schedule for release in August 2015.

UPDATE: Henry Cavill News has a post with an image of the article. You can CLICK HERE to view it. You can CLICK HERE for a larger image of the article on that website that’s easier to read.

 

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2 Responses

  1. Wow, “There were only a few things I needed to keep from the TV series. It needed global stakes, a Russian and an American. The Russian had to be blond and the American dark. Other than that, it brings no baggage for being an ‘inherited project.’” ?????

    With those few words Ritchie has dashed any and all hopes I had harboured that this might be a cool U.N.C.L.E. movie.

    It might be fun film, but it does NOT bring nearly enough from the series to make this an U.N.C.L.E. movie by any stretch of the imagination. What a huge disappointment.

    The curse continues.

    James

  2. Anyone remember Stephen Hopkins’ 1998 adaptation of Irwin Allen’s TV series Lost in Space?
    The Man From UNCLE movie is beginning to remind me of the studio spin for the LIS Movie. In striving to attract a new audience Hopkin’s went for modernity, with a supposed cooler looking Robot, a dysfunctional rather than ‘gee-whiz’ all-American family, and a convoluted plot involving space travel, which one reviewer said “Lost In Space the movie mislaid the simple charm that made the television show so much fun.”

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