Tom Cruise has entered early talks to star in Warner Bros. reboot of 1960s TV series, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, according to Deadline.
Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) is on board to direct, and this could be yet another potential franchise for Cruise. after the success of the Mission Impossible series and 2012’s Jack Reacher, an adaptation of Lee Child’s popular novels.
Here’s the scoop:
Warner Bros may have finally found its The Man From U.N.C.L.E. I’m hearing that Tom Cruise is in early talks to star in the film that will be directed by Sherlock Holmes helmer Guy Ritchie. The original TV series ran from 1964-68, with Robert Vaughan and David McCallum playing Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, two agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement. With gadgets and their wits and charm, they fought the evil forces of Thrush.
If this happens, it would give Cruise another shot at a franchise. He already has Mission: Impossible, which has another installment being developed by Christopher McQuarrie to direct, and I’m told that he will reprise the Jack Reacher role from Lee Child’s books, after the $60 million-budget Jack Reacher grossed more than $215 million worldwide for Paramount and Skydance.
Cruise will return to the sci-fi genre later this year in the Oblivion, which is directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) and co-stars Morgan Freeman (The Bucket List), Andrea Riseborough (Welcome to the Punch) and Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace)
Oblivion is scheduled for release in the UK on 12th April and in the US on 19th April 2013.