A lot of people would consider Steven Soderbergh irreplaceable. Not Warner Bros.! Deadline.com reports that the studio is close to hiring Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) to direct The Man From U.N.C.L.E., a film Soderbergh had been slated to helm before departing the production a month ago over reported disagreements on budget and casting. Ritchie inherits a script from longtime Soderbergh collaborator Scott Z. Burns; presumably, it will be re-written to make room for lots of frantic, coherence-shedding action sequences with ever-changing frame rates.
Guy Ritchie’s next film, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, opens in theaters next Friday, December 16, 2011. Click on the image below for more photos of Ritchie and his hot girlfriend: