UPDATE: U.N.C.L.E. movie writer credit changes again

U.N.C.L.E. logo on a second unit crew T-shirt

U.N.C.L.E. logo on a second unit crew T-shirt


The IMDB.COM ENTRY for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has been changed again. The name of Jeffrey Hatcher, a playwright with television, video and movie credits, has been removed from the list of writers.

IMDB has gone back to the information from the official Sept. 3 Warner Bros. press release, which never mentioned Hatcher. The press release said the movie’s screenplay is by director Guy Ritchie and his producing partner Lionel Wigram.

It’s hard to say how significant this is. IMDB.com relies on input from members and it’s not certain who originally added Hatcher’s name. The final screenplay credit will be subject to Writer’s Guild rules.

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: @laneyboggs2001 on Twitter advises the cast list has also been expanded to include Ben Wright, stunt double of actor Armie Hammer, as “The Unit.” Hammer played Illya Kuryakin in the film while Henry Cavill had the Napoleon Solo part.

Who’s the (not so) new writer on the U.N.C.L.E. movie?

U.N.C.L.E. logo on a second unit crew T-shirt

U.N.C.L.E. logo on a second unit crew T-shirt


The IMDB.COM ENTRY for The Man From U.N.C.L.E. lists a new name on the list of writers: Jeffrey Hatcher, a playwright with a list of a dozen television, video and movie credits.

It’s hard to consider him a “new” writer on the project given it completed production in December. Presumably, Hatcher performed his work before production commenced, but there’s simply no additional information. Also, given how entries in IMDB can change based on member input, it’s unclear the source of the information..

The official Sept. 3 Warner Bros. press release doesn’t mention Hatcher. It says the movie’s screenplay is by director Guy Ritchie and his producing partner Lionel Wigram.

It’s certainly possible the final writing credit will change before the final release because of Writer’s Guild rules. For example, it’s not known whether Sam Rolfe, who developed the original show, will get a credit the way, say, Bruce Geller, creator of Mission: Impossible, receives on M:I movies.

Hatcher’s list of IMDB credits begins with a 1998 Columbo made-for-television movie. His IMDB entry lists some of his plays.

Meanwhile, a (pretty breathless) video showed up on YouTube that provides a primer about the movie. Not a lot new, but given how the film won’t be out until January 2015, it’s presented here.