Image via WikipediaIt appears that since Steven Soderbergh has signed on to direct the movie version of the sixties spy show The Man From U.N.C.L.E., George Clooney is now eyeing a roll in the film. Clooney and Soderbergh have worked together on Ocean's Eleven and it's two sequels.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two have already met and talked with each other about the possibility of him playing Napoleon Solo, portrayed in the television series by Robert Vaughn. According to Playlist, the film will retain the 1960s setting of the original series.
The project is only in the early days of development and both Clooney and Soderbergh are presently busy with other projects. Soderbergh is shooting Contagion, a thriller starring Matt Damon, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard, and is planning on shooting a Liberace biopic. CAA-repped Clooney, meanwhile, is prepping The Ides of March, which he is directing and starring in alongside Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti and Marisa Tomei. That film has a December 2011 release date.
Interestingly, the show was popular enough that eight movies were made of the T.V. show. Their titles are:
"To Trap a Spy"
"The Spy with My Face"
"One Spy Too Many"
"One of Our Spies is Missing"
"The Spy in the Green Hat"
"The Karate Killers"
"The Helicopter Spies"
"How to Steal the World"
Occasionally you can catch some of these films on TCM (Turner Classic Movies).
Here is the trailer for "The Karate Killers":
Personally, I think Clooney would make a good choice. I'm curious as to who would be considered for Solo's sidekick, Ilya Kuryakin, originally played by David McCallum (Ducky on NCIS).
Care to see the original? You can see the entire series or a made-for-tv movie by clicking the links below and going to Amazon. It really was a great series.