The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Official Comic-Con Trailer (2015)
In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.
Producer John Davis optioned the film rights to the 1960s TV show in 1993, setting up a development deal with Warner Bros. and series producer Norman Felton for a film adaptation. Davis estimated he commissioned 12 or 14 different scripts over the course of 20 years, with writers Jim and John Thomas, John Requa and Glenn Ficarra and Scott Z. Burns. Quentin Tarantino was briefly attached following the success of Pulp Fiction, but opted to make Jackie Brown instead. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. continued to labor in development hell with directors Matthew Vaughn and David Dobkin. Steven Soderbergh was attached to direct Scott Z. Burns’s screenplay, with production slated to begin in March 2012. Executives from Warner Bros. wanted the budget to stay below $60 million, but Soderbergh felt that amount would not be adequate to fund the 1960s-era sets and props and international settings required in the film. Emily Blunt was nearly cast as the female lead, but Soderbergh departed in November 2011.