You don’t know this about me, but I will watch anything that Tom Cruise acts in. ANYTHING. I don’t care how crazy his personal life, all I know, is that he can act. He always picks sweet movies to act in; and above all that I respect him as one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood. Unlike most actors, Cruise will only get paid for a movie based off what it makes at the Box Office. If one of his movies is a flop, he doesn’t make as much money. I think that’s the way that ALL actors should get paid, but Cruise is a rare exception.
Today, we get news that Guy Ritchie is intended to remake the 60’s television classic, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Writer, Scott Z. Burns is attached to write the film and went on to talk about it in the interview below. The film was orginally going to be with Steven Soderbergh directing and George Clooney as the star.
“Steven and I both loved it because it was a way of doing a spy movie and setting up a really interesting character that was fascinating to us, because U.N.C.L.E. wasn’t affiliated with the US or with Russia, it was this great Cold War thing. And now spies have all these great toys but we would have to take some of them away, because it was the 60s and there would be different plots because you didn’t always have a cell and you couldn’t solve problems with some of the things now.
So we had this idea based on something happening in the real world where there was this—I’ll tell you what, here I’ll reveal a whole bunch. I don’t know if Warner Brothers is going to use this but there was a thing that happened with a B-52 bomber in like 1966 or 1967 over Spain where it was refueling and there was an accident and it lost its payload and three bombs fell on Spain and the Atlantic, and they hadn’t been armed, but the contained warheads. So we scattered plutonium all over a farm field in Spain, the second bomb was recovered, but the there was a period of time when the third bomb was laying on the floor of the Mediterranean and no one could find it and so it was the race to find it that was what our episode was about, which I thought was going to be really, really cool and I’m bummed we didn’t get to do it.”
U.N.C.L.E. has the potential to be another great franchise for Cruise, like Mission Impossible. We’ll keep you posted as more news comes here to DFAT!