November 17, 2010 4:07am EST
Steven Soderbergh is in early talks to direct the film adaptation of ‘60s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Warner Bros. has been working on the project since the ‘90s, says the Risky Business blog, which adds that Scott Z. Burns, who wrote Soderbergh's The Informant and his upcoming medical thriller Contagion, is negotiating to come aboard as writer.
Most recently, U.N.C.L.E. looked like it would come together with a script by Max Borenstein and with David Dobkin directing.
According to BIZ, the Borenstein script was considered strong by Warners, but Dobkin is now moving to the role of producer, along with John Davis, and Burns will write a new script.
James Bond author Ian Fleming was a creator of the original NBC show, which focused on the adventures of American and Russian members of a secret agency.
Per BIZ, Soderbergh will aim to shoot U.N.C.L.E. at the end of next year.
Source: Hollywood Wiretap
September 01, 2010 10:30am EST
Efron has expressed his determination to establish himself as a serious actor, after finding fame as Disney star Troy Bolton in the High School Musical movies.
And he's set to give cinemagoers a double thrill when he goes into action, playing a criminal who executes a series of elaborate heists while leading another life as an upstanding citizen.
The 22 year old will produce the drama with his Ninjas Runnin' Wild production company, reports Variety.
The story, based on a Wired magazine article by Joshuah Bearman, will be adapted for the big screen by Max Borenstein.
The show, starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as secret agents, enjoyed a successful run between 1964 and 1968.
The series was so popular it spawned a series of spin-off movies, which saw several episodes extended and shown in movie theatres as full-length features.
Vaughn and McCallum returned to the roles in 1983 for a TV movie, titled The Return Of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
And now executives at film studio Warner Bros have announced they are moving forward with plans for a new movie, based on the hit 1960s show, with the appointment of Wedding Crashers director David Dobkin and scriptwriter Max Borenstein, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
It is believed the picture will feature a new cast, and will follow in the footsteps of other big screen remakes such as Miami Vice and The A-Team.