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What Happened to Contagion?

30 December 2011 12:07 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

It’s completely disappeared from any awards conversation, including, incredibly, best screenplay and direction. When I saw it, I thought it was the second great movie of the decade. At least "The Social Network" was a real contender up to the wire. I was certain that "Contagion" would be the same. Remember, this is not a deliberately slow and narratively challenging film like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." Quite the opposite – what makes "Contagion" so stunning is that Scott Z. Burns and Steven Soderbergh take a scientific subject and treat it as a thriller. The only other films I can think of that managed to pull this off were »

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First Look: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer and Matthew McConaughey Strip Down for Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Magic Mike’

26 December 2011 10:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

[1] Love him or hate him, you'll be seeing a lot of Channing Tatum in 2012: Shooting at things in Steven Soderbergh's Haywire, romancing Rachel McAdams in The Vow, going to the prom with Jonah Hill in 21 Jump Street, fighting Cobra in G.I. Joe Retaliation, and possibly getting killed by Steve Carell in Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher. But if I'm being honest, the one I'm really curious about is Soderbergh's Magic Mike, which stars Tatum as an experienced stripper who takes a newbie (Alex Pettyfer) under his wing. It's not just the idea of near-naked men parading around, I promise -- I'm intrigued by the unusual premise and the interesting cast, and am hoping to see a bit of Soderbergh's sly sense of humor. But yeah, the promise of buff, shirtless dudes helps too. After the jump, check out the first image, featuring Tatum, Pettyfer, and Joe Manganiello in military-themed costumes, »

- Angie Han

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First Image Of Channing Tatum And Matthew McConaughey As Male Strippers In Magic Mike

26 December 2011 2:00 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Oscar-winning writer-director Steven Soderbergh has potentially four films left for us to look forward to before he takes an early retirement – what will hopefully prove to be a temporary hiatus. We’ll be getting the first of those, Haywire, in January, and then we can look forward to seeing the world of male strippers on the big screen in the summer when the second of his four upcoming films is released, Magic Mike, both of which have the rising star Channing Tatum.

As far as I’m concerned, a Soderbergh film is always going to be something that you take a trip to the cinema to see, and Haywire is going to be amazing next month. Looking beyond that, we’ve now got the first image that’s been released for his second film of the new year, via Collider, and it gives us a look at the tank top-clad »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Matt Damon's Loyalty To Paul Greengrass & Friction With Tony Gilroy May Prevent Another Movie For Jason Bourne

20 December 2011 6:30 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It's pretty rare for nice guy Matt Damon to stick the knife in anyone, but when he spoke to GQ recently, his candid remarks about screenwriter, and longtime Bourne series scribe Tony Gilroy, made their way around the world. Calling Gilroy's draft for "The Bourne Ultimatum" a "career-ender" and "unreadable" (it was later rewritten by George Nolfi and Scott Z. Burns), it was another sting sent to the screenwriter who has already had a rocky relationship with the franchise. The short version is that he more or less hated the first two films, and made Universal pay him through the nose for the third installment (with the added condition that he didn't have to talk to Greengrass). But Universal is sticking by Gilroy, who also happens to be directing "The Bourne Legacy" (more on that in a second). Donna Langley, Universal's co-chairman, told The Hollywood Reporter about 'Ultimatum' that she was "thrilled with the. »

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Don’t Expect A “Giant Sword And Sandal Epic” For David Fincher’s ‘Cleopatra’; More Projects Discussed

19 December 2011 6:22 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo won’t play in front of my eyes for another 22 hours or so, but David Fincher is just about ready to move on. Those familiar with the director’s penchant for keeping a busy schedule don’t need to hear that, but even a devout fan — such as yours truly — was surprised by all the projects that came up in an interview with MTV.

First up, he confirmed some general interest in filming Tattoo‘s two sequels, The Girl who Played with Fire and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, saying that he especially loves “the notion of really talking about sex trafficking, and what Anonymous is doing and stuff with child porn.” Though he approached the first “as a one off,” he sees the potential for a franchise. Audiences must decide if they actually want to see one.

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David Fincher Offers Status Updates For ‘Cleopatra,’ ‘House of Cards,’ ‘The Goon,’ ‘Black Hole,’ and ’20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’

19 December 2011 5:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

With David Fincher doing a lot of interviews for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo over the past few days, there is a good amount of talk out there about the possible second and third films that could follow Dragon Tattoo. David Fincher doesn't yet know if he'll direct those films -- or he isn't yet saying, at least. That's something that likely won't be announced until after the film has its first opening weekend, which is coming up in a couple days. Whether or not those films happen, there are quite a few other projects in Fincher's queue. Some are movies he might direct, like the Cleopatra film that would star Angelina Jolie, and the pilot for the Netflix series House of Cards. He's also got 20,0000 Leagues Under the Sea on the docket, and he's still working as a producer on films like Black Hole (based on the Charles Burns graphic novel, »

- Russ Fischer

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Guy Ritchie boards 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

15 December 2011 2:27 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Guy Ritchie and his producing partner Lionel Wigram are boarding Warner Bros.' long gestating big-screen adaptation of the 1960s TV series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E."According to, Ritchie will direct from a Scott Z. Burns script. Steven Soderbergh had been attached to direct the project before dropping out over budget and casting concerns. "U.N.C.L.E." aired 105 episodes on NBC from 1964-68, during the Cold War era that saw several spy shows on the air. James Bond author Ian Fleming was a contributor to the show's creation. It follows the exploits of two secret agents, American Napoleon Solo (Robert Vaughn) and Russian Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum), who work for a fictitious secret international law-enforcement agency called U.N.C.L.E. (the United Network Command »

- Adnan Tezer

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Guy Ritchie to Direct The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

12 December 2011 1:49 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) had been working with Contagion screenwriter Scott Z. Burns on a movie version of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. for a couple years, until he decided to step down from the project in November after he and Warner Bros. couldn't agree on casting and budget. Warners isn't giving up on the adaptation, based on the 1960s TV show that followed two agents of a fictitious espionage agency called the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (or U.N.C.L.E.), with The Wrap reporting last month that the studio thinks the movie can become a franchise and have a script "they're very happy with." All they had to do is find a new director and it didn't take long.

Deadline reports that director Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes) has come aboard the project, replacing Soderbergh. Lionel Wigram, who produced Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes »

- Ryan Gowland

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Guy Ritchie to direct The Man From U.N.C.L.E.?

9 December 2011 9:27 AM, PST | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

It looks like The Man From U.N.C.L.E. could be back on track. Following the recent departure of director Steven Soderbergh from the film adaptation of the classic spy series, you could be forgiven for thinking that the project would never leave the ground. However it now appears that Guy Ritchie is set to take on the directorial duties, working with Sherlock producer Lionel Wigram. With Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows about to hit the cinemas, it looks like Ritchie might move straight on to the project. Based on the classic ‘60s spy series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, the show followed the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement in their fight against the evil T.H.R.U.S.H. Quite how Ritchie’s usual Cockney slant will work on the update will be interesting to see, but as screenwriter Scott Z. Burns recently told ComingSoon, it »

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Ritchie To Direct "Man from U.N.C.L.E."

9 December 2011 9:10 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Sherlock Holmes" director Guy Ritchie and producer Lionel Wigram look to be taking over the spy thriller "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." at Warner Bros. Pictures says Deadline.

Ritchie would helm the film based on the 1960's television series, replacing Steven Soderbergh who recently left the project over budget and casting difficulties. Scott Z. Burns penned the script.

Ritchie and Wigram have formed a production company together with a first look deal at Warner Bros. commencing in January. If they commit to this then the deal would commence with a high-profile project that's essentially ready to go. »

- Garth Franklin

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Guy to Direct "Man"

8 December 2011 7:04 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The news broke recently that Steven Soderbergh left The Man From U.N.C.L.E. after George Clooney decided not to play the Man of the title. Now Deadline New York is reporting that Warner Brothers is hoping Guy Ritchie will take up the reigns and finally get this remake of the old television series rolling.Ritchie started out in the crime genre making gritty British films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. He later tried to move onto more dramatic fair with a remake of Swept Away, starring Madonna. Not surprisingly this bombed spectacularly and Ritchie returned to the crime films he does best. He broke into the mainstream two years ago with the blockbuster success of Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey, Jr. The sequel, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is coming to U.S. theatres this holiday season.In addition to directing, Ritchie will also be producing with partner Lionel Wingram. »

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Guy Ritchie To Produce The Man From U.N.C.L.E. With An Eye To Direct

8 December 2011 4:59 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

After Steven Soderbergh exited The Man From U.N.C.L.E. last month due to budgetary and casting difficulties, Warner Bros. were naturally keen to fill the director’s chair with a big name in his place, and it looks like they’re making their move.

Deadline report that Guy Ritchie and his new production partner Lionel Wigram are in talks to board the project as producers, with Ritchie now intended to take Soderbergh’s role behind the camera too.

The pair have worked together on both of Ritchie’s last two projects, Sherlock Holmes and its (just-about-to-be-released) sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and are now setting up their own production company, with The Man From U.N.C.L.E. set to be the first project for the new shingle.

The film already has a script in place from Soderbergh’s recently frequent collaborator, Scott Z. Burns (Contagion), so hopefully Ritchie can get moving on this pretty soon. »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Guy Ritchie Takes Over The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

8 December 2011 4:37 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It's been a tumultuous few months for the flailing big-screen adaptation of sixties spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Back at the beginning of August things looked great, with Steven Soderbergh attached to direct, George Clooney rumored for the lead role, and a script by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion). Then it all started to fall apart. First Clooney dropped out. For a while, it looked like Bradley Cooper would replace him, but then that fell through as well. Finally, last month, Soderbergh himself bailed on the project, leaving The Man From U.N.C.L.E. up the creek without a paddle and weighed down by a cumbersome acronym. Now memorably-named super-spy Napoleon Solo has been rescued from oblivion by the guy who helped make Sherlock Holmes cool again. Scratch that -- by the Guy who helped make Sherlock Holmes cool again. Guy Ritchie, to be »

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Guy Ritchie Set To Direct ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’

8 December 2011 4:14 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Robert Vaughn and David McCallum starred in the 1960 televison series, 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

Deadline is reporting that Guy Ritchie has made a deal to take over the Man From U.N.C.L.E. reboot for Warner Bros. He’ll be joined by producing partner Lionel Wigram. The duo’s last project was Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, which releases on December 16.

The original television series ran from 1964–1968 and starred Robert Vaughn as Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as Ilya Kuryakin, agents of the United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.). Every week they went up against the Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (T.H.R.U.S.H.).

Scott Z. Burns (Contagion, The Bourne Ultimatum) penned the script, which maintains the 1960s setting of the television series. Until a couple of weeks ago, »

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Guy Ritchie Takes Over The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

8 December 2011 4:09 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It was Steven Soderberg’s intention to make a big-screen adaptation of 60′s super-spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E. a George Clooney starring franchise. After Clooney had to vacate the project and ‘wanted’ replacement Bradley Cooper turned the lead down, Soderbergh eventually called it quits also. It now appears Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie is taking over the action-adventure feature that will follow the exploits of U.N.C.L.E. agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin.

Rumoured casting before Soderbergh left the project saw Channing Tatum and Joel Edgerton linked with the main roles previously played by Robert Vaughn and David McCullum. Soderbergh regular Scott Z. Burns penned the script, but with a new director, it will most likely undergo script revisions.

Source: Deadline »

- Craig Hunter

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Guy Ritchie May Be the New ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Director

8 December 2011 3:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Briefly: There's not much info right now, but it is sounding like Guy Ritchie is going to continue his partnership with Warner Bros. after making the two action-oriented Sherlock Holmes films. He and Holmes producer Lionel Wigram are forming a new company, and the two have just made a deal with Warner Bros. to board The Man From U.N.C.L.E., scripted by Scott Z. Burns and formerly set to be directed by Steven Soderbergh. At this point Deadline [1] just reports the deal, without specifying that Ritchie will direct. But this would be a pretty obvious big follow-up to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. The question now would be casting. George Clooney was once cast in one of the two big roles, but left the gig because of concerns about his physical condition and the effect that would have on his ability to perform the film's action. Warner Bros. was unable »

- Russ Fischer

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Guy Ritchie Boarding Big Screen Adaptation of 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.'

8 December 2011 2:37 PM, PST | | See recent news »

After director Steven Soderbergh left the big screen adaptation of the classic TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. following George Clooney's departure from the project and disagreements over budget and casting to replace the actor, the film was left without a director. Now Deadline has word that Sherlock Holmes franchise filmmaker Guy Ritchie and his new producing partner Lionel Wigram are will take over the project. Ritchie will direct the film which has a script from Scott Z. Burns (Contagion) following American and Russian members of the United Network Command for Law & Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.). The project will be the first from the new banner formed at Warner Bros. with Ritchie and Wigram, the team behind the Sherlock Holmes series. With Ritchie on board, it's not clear just who will be in the running for the film now, and casting will likely start from scratch. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Is Guy Ritchie Going to Direct ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’?

8 December 2011 2:24 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Well, this is certainly going to make my piece about the Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows (coming next week! only here at Film School Rejects!) press conference a touch more interesting. Deadline Ratcliff reports that Warner Bros. is currently “making a deal” with director Guy Ritchie and his new partner Lionel Wigram to “come aboard” their The Man From U.N.C.L.E. feature that was recently vacated by director Steven Soderbergh. That’s really just sort of vague – Deadline has really buried the lede on this one, finally getting to it – “the intention is for Ritchie to direct the film.” A ha! Elementary! Ritchie and Wigram recently formed their own production company after making two Sherlock Holmes films together. Wigram wrote and produced the first Sherlock Holmes film, and serves as executive producer on the next installment, opening next week. Wigram has a bevy of other titles under his producer belt, including »

- Kate Erbland

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Guy Ritchie Will Direct The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

8 December 2011 2:05 PM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

After losing Steven Soderbergh in a mutual parting of the ways a few weeks ago over casting & budgetary differences, Deadline reports that Warner Bros have quickly slotted Guy Ritchie in as the new director of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Deadline suggest the deal seems to be in the early stages but it is for Ritchie and his new partner Lionel Wigram to setup at a new shingle based at WB to produce the first of a trilogy revival of the popular 60′s t.v. spy show.

Soderbergh’s Contagion & The Informant writer Scott Z. Burns has wrote the Cold War era London script adaptation of the international espionage series that centered on an American/Russian secret agency called United Network Command for Law and Enforcement (Or U.N.C.L.E. for short) which remains as a blueprint but it’s expected Ritchie will hire a new writer more suited to his sensibilities. »

- Matt Holmes

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Guy Ritchie to Produce and Possibly Direct The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

8 December 2011 1:57 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Warner Bros. looks to have found their point man for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The studio has been searching for a suitable replacement since director Steven Soderbergh left the long-in-development project over budget and casting disagreements, and now Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie has signed on as producer with an eye to direct. Deadline reports that Ritchie and his Sherlock Holmes partner Lionel Wigram have signed on to produce the pic, with the intention of having Ritchie take the helm. The film is based on the 1960s spy TV series and has a script by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion). There’s no word on whether Ritchie will want a new draft, but one assumes he’d like to tailor the project to his strengths. Production was set to begin this spring, but depending on how drastically Ritchie wants to change the project it may be a »

- Adam Chitwood

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