George Clooney May Play Lead In Soderbergh’s THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E
Soderbergh is has a lot of great projects in the works this year aside from this just announced one. He is working on releasing Haywire, his latest spy-based action thriller, next spring. Filming is currently going on for the virus thriller, Contagion planned for an October 21, 2011 release date starring Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Clooney and Soderbergh have a great relationship. Clooney has starred in six of the director’s films including Solaris, The Good German and “Out Of Sight. They also co-owned the now-defunct Section Eight which produced Syriana, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night, And Good Luck.
Despite, The Man From U.N.C.L.E being in it’s early stages, WB chief Jeff Robinov has signed off on the original take of the film. Soderbergh’s material would have the film taking place in the 1960’s instead of in modern times.
Soderbergh and team could decide to go back to square one and throw out all the existing scripts and give Scott Z. Burns the chance to start over completely. The Playlist is reporting that this is likely to be the last teaming of Clooney and Soderbergh, presumably because Soderbergh has been mulling an early retirement for a few months now.
The Playlist also reports that Soderbergh is still planning on filming Liberace this summer or early fall with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Douglas’ health is on the mend and his cancer treatments are over. The plan is to squeeze in The Man From U.N.C.L.E in as a late 2011 shoot, but a 2012 may be a more realistic situation.