Channing Tatum could be offered the lead in Warner Bros.’ long gestating big-screen adaptation of the 1960s TV series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
According to Deadline.com, Steven Soderbergh is directing from a Scott Z. Burns script.
David Dobkin will produce along with John Davis.
Warners has been working on a big-screen adaptation of “U.N.C.L.E.” since the 1990s.
“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 for Law and Enforcement).
Tatum would be playing Napoleon Solo.
George Clooney had been the original choice for the role but had to leave the project.
Matt Damon, Johnny Depp and Bradley Cooper also passed on the role.
Tatum just wrapped the male stripper drama “Magic Mike” for Soderbergh that Warners will distribute next summer. Note the date on this article may be incorrect due to importing it from our old system.