Soderbergh says he was twice approached about 007 films

Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh

Director Steven Soderbergh says he twice was in discussions about working on a James Bond film, according to THE PLAYLIST website.

The director, who previously vowed to retire at age 50 but is still at it, made the comments during a screening of his 2012 film Haywire, according to The Playlist.

Here’s an excerpt with the few details:

When the conversation swung back to “Haywire,” Soderbergh dropped a big reveal about the 007 series. “Over the years, I’ve been in conversations… ,” he said with a pause and some hesitation and then just blurted it out. “I’ve been approached twice about doing a Bond film. And it never quite got anywhere. And [‘Haywire’] in some ways, was my opportunity to do what I would do with a Bond movie.”

That’s all there is Bond-wise. No details available about the time the supposed discussions took place.

Haywire, released in the United States in early 2012, featured Gina Carano as a double crossed spy operative who gets revenge. It was made in 2011, before Sodebergh was supposed to make a movie version of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Soderbergh dropped out of the U.N.C.L.E. project in late 2011 following disagreements with Warner Bros. over casting and budget. The U.N.C.L.E. film eventually was directed by Guy Ritchie.

Soderbergh is scheduled this fall to director Logan Lucky, a heist film that includes Daniel Craig in its cast, part of the actor’s growing list of non-007 projects.

U.N.C.L.E. survives first round of MTV voting

Logo for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie

Logo for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. movie survived the first round of voting in the MTV Fandom of the Year awards. A new round of voting has HAS BEGUN ON TUMBLR and will run into July 15.

Here are the instructions on that Tumblr page:

For Round 2: Tumblr, notes = votes. Cast your vote by liking or reblogging the nominees you want to move forward in this epic battle, and remember voting for this round will close on July 15th!

Agents Solo and Kuryakin may be facing tougher odds than when they battled Thrush.

As of this writing the U.N.C.L.E. movie has 79 “notes.” That’s pretty far behind its competition in the film category. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has 1,169,  Captain America: Civil War has 530, Deadpool has 443 and Mazerunner: The Scorch Trials has 292.

Then again, many U.N.C.L.E. fans were surprised the movie even got nominated. So we’ll see.