The long development of Warner Bros.’s planned reboot of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. just grew a little longer. As The Playlist initially reported, Steven Soderbergh has departed from the project, leaving it without a star or a director. At one point, the re-imagining of the 1960s TV show that starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum was developed as the next Soderbergh/Clooney collaboration, but The Descendants star dropped out of the leading role because of his chronically bad back. Soderbergh then met with other potential stars, with the trades paying special attention to Bradley Cooper. The studio hoped to begin shooting in March, but according to The Playlist, their budget for the film was much less than Soderbergh envisioned. It’s not unlike what occurred when Sony and Soderbergh parted ways on Moneyball. And like that project, U.N.C.L.E. will surely survive to live another day with a different director at the helm.
Steven Soderbergh talks retirement