Soderbergh Overseeing <i>The Man From U.N.C.L.E.</i>

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. has a new daddy. After several years of development that's seen directors like David Dobkin and Doug Liman attached to the project, U.N.C.L.E. has landed yet another new director in the form of Steven Soderbergh.

The Ocean's Eleven and Traffic filmmaker is in early talks to become the latest director to step behind the lens for the adaptation of the 1960s spy television series. Soderbergh's frequent screenwriting collaborator Scott Z. Burns is on board to tackle the movie's script about the employees of an espionage organization called the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.

Although U.N.C.L.E. was originally developed as a Dobkin-directed comedy, the tone of Soderbergh's version isn't exactly clear: Heat Vision rightly notes that with a resume including lighthearted fare like the Ocean's series as well as more serious pictures like Traffic, Soderbegh could take the property in any number of directions.

Soderbergh is currently in the midst of shooting Contagion with Jude Law, Matt Damon and Kate Winslett. He's expected to launch into U.N.C.L.E. at the end of next year.

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