Tom Cruise Eyes ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E.’; Returning for ‘Jack Reacher’ Sequel?

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 19th, 2013 at 12:48 pm,

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Tom Cruise isn’t as invulnerable at the box office as he used to be (see: Rock of Ages), but WB is entrusting the Mission: Impossible star to carry another 1960s spy TV series-turned movie – in the form of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. adaptation.

Cruise is reported to have begun early talks for Man from U.N.C.L.E., presumably eyeing the role of American spy Napoleon Solo. We’re also hearing the actor is lining up to reprise his Jack Reacher role as the title character, drawing from one of the other seventeen books authored by Lee Child (whose eighteenth Reacher novel arrives this Summer).

Man from U.N.C.L.E. was going to be a reunion for screenwriter Scott Z. Burns and director Steven Soderbergh, with Channing Tatum being considered to star. Studio executives (reportedly) butted heads with Soderbergh on budget and casting, which prompted the director to move on and make Side Effects with Burns and Tatum instead. Sherlock Holmes producer Lionel Wigram and director Guy Ritchie were put in charge of the project after Soderbergh departed.

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Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher

A Ritchie-directed take on Man from U.N.C.L.E. could lie in Cruise’s wheelhouse, as his version should feature the A-lister playing the “ordinary man with superhuman durability” type he’s perfected over the years. Soderbergh’s take would have fallen closer to The Informant! meets Haywire, which probably wasn’t a great way to attempt and jump-start a new lucrative franchise set on an international stage.

Will the masses be interested in watching Cruise trotting so close to his Ethan Hunt character, while crossing into Mission: Impossible territory (as far as contemporary spy game thrillers go)? There’s already a fifth Mission installment on the way, one which could reteam Cruise with Jack Reacher director Christopher McQuarrie.

Speaking of which: the Reacher sequel new comes as a surprise, following reports earlier this year suggesting that Paramount will only consider green-lighting the project after its predecessor reaches the $250 million global benchmark (according to Box Office Mojo, it’s at $215.6 million). The followup isn’t a sure thing, but the solid profits on a $60 million investment – coupled with good vibes surrounding Cruise and McQuarrie’s hard-boiled crime/action throwback – have convinced studio heads to not throw in the towel just yet.

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Tom Cruise in ‘Oblivion’

Cruise returns to the big screen in next month’s Oblivion, a sci-fi blockbuster that could build on the momentum from Jack Reacher – demonstrating its lead can still draw a sizable audience, outside of when he defies the laws of physics in a Mission: Impossible movie.

Indeed, it would be a nice to see the Cruise/Ritchie Man from U.N.C.L.E. adaptation follow Brian De Palma’s Mission: Impossible - by focusing on cloak-and-dagger espionage rather than cartoonish superheroics – and not repeat the mistakes from Ritchie’s overblown Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Otherwise, a Jack Reacher followup sounds like the more enticing future Cruise project.

Which sounds better to YOU: Richie’s The Man from U.N.C.L.E. starring Cruise or a Jack Reacher sequel? Do both sound equally promising – or have you gotten your fill of Cruise saving the world on the big screen?

Let us know in the comments section!


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  1. I am sick to death of Tom C. in any movie, wake up people he is a nut so stop already with your support for a sick sick man.
    I will never go see or buy or rent a Tom C. movie……EVER!!!! I liked the real TV Mission Impossible, but because he was in the movie with the same name I wont see it. The man from uncle was a show I watched as a kid, however with him in that too I will not watch it. Time to put him out of a job.

    • @Zorro

      Well said Zorro, well said.

  2. Get Chris Pine for Solo. He’s young and has the swag without all the Cruisiness.

  3. Bring on the Jack Reacher Sequel.
    Also why not Ryan Reynolds for U.N.C.L.E.

  4. Cruise is too old to play Solo. He’s 51, and Napoleon Solo was 32 in the TV show. There’s no way Cruise can be believable as Solo.

    My vote is for Alex O’Loughlin for Napoleon Solo [Age 37, 6'-0", Hawaii 5-O] and Chris Evans [32, 6'-0" Captain America]

    For Mr. Waverly I’d try to get Robert Vaughn or David McCallum to take the role since they are both still active in TV. Sir Ian McKellen would also be a good choice.

    • Always felt Brad Pitt should have been cast as Sonny Crockett in MIAMI VICE; that said, Clive Owen is THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. and Tom Cruise should attach himself to the proposed (presumed?) JUSTICE LEAGUE project to kickstart that idea into reality. Otherwise, U.N.C.L.E. will be miscast and JL will never happen.

      • On the other hand…who would have ever imagine Robert Downey Jr as either IRON MAN or SHERLOCK HOLMES. This is where an opened mind comes in.

  5. Cruise is still in the top 3 box-office draws in Hollywood and he has proven in the past that he is a very talented actor so I have no problem with this. Its sad and a bit pathetic that people let their bigoted prejudices against his religion effect their opinion of him as an artist.

    And I have to laugh at people trying to put The Man From U.N.C.L.E. as some kind of highly original groundbreaking precious party when it was just a cheap bond knock-off which became more ludicrous with each season.

  6. precious property*

  7. I want a Jack Reacher Sequel. I saw it in Theaters and loved it. It offered something very different and non expected. It was very much a like a modern noir style film. I really want something like that again. Bring on the Reacher.

    • i agree!

  8. How about Tom Hideston (Loki) for the part of Solo?

  9. Tom Cruise is NOT the right person to play The Man from U.N.C.L.E. period. When The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was a television series in the 60′s I was a young girl in love with the show. I joined the fan club. I lived to see this show as a kid. Some will say who cares lady you are old and this is 2013 not the 60′s. Well I say it does matter since the series was an all time favorite of many prepubescent girl’s. If you don’t know anything about the series then your opinion means nothing. Some possibilities Johnny Depp, Leonardo De Caprio.

  10. I’d hate to see Cruise work with Ritchie given the rubbish Ritchie directs. It’s a shame we won’t see Cruise and Soderbergh work together on UNCLE, now that could have been really cool!

    As for Jack Reacher 2, I’d be first in line to see it as long as they kept the gritty 70′s vibe of the first film.

    Oblivion IMAX tickets already bought for April 10.

  11. Both!

    People are too hung up on the original characters as portrayed in books or TV.

    Jack Reacher was solid and it led me to read “One Shot” (the book it was based on) and now I’m reading all the books…..I have a new author to follow.

    UNCLE was on TV so long ago who cares who was in it then and I’d really enjoy seeing it.

    Cruise has an ability to pull off characters you don’t visualize. I remember laughing at the idea of being a vampire and I went to see that movie twice in one week.

  12. For the record here, Robert Vaughn played the role of Napoleon Solo (THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.) and that “Russian guy” (Georgian, actually) is Illya Kuryakin played by the actor David McCallum.

    Originally, the concept was that Solo did in fact work solo as an agent for the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. Kuryakin appeared in the pilot episode as a one-off…but the character was so well received from TV viewers that the “Russian agent” became a regular.

    To have Solo going solo in the film version is in keeping with the original idea. (One has to remember, Solo is the name of an Ian Fleming character in GOLDFINGER; the name gifted by Fleming to the television program in which the author intended to play a creative role; and the TV series itself was a spoof of the popular Sean Connery/James Bond films of that day.

    Maybe all this is not how it’s being remembered now, but that’s the way it is (…or was).

  13. Heaven forbid we should “hate” anyone, but if we do let it be for something other than personal lifestyle choices, provided these choices do not harm anyone else.

    Specifically pointing this bamboo cane at Tom Cruise (or Mel Gibson) is actually a question of going to see a movie they appear in — maybe even one that they produced and directed. Hate-mongering allows the perpetrator to appear as ridiculous as they are, having virtually nothing to do with Mr. Cruise’s (or Mr. Gibson’s) fine performance on screen or hard work behind the scenes.

    I will not go see an “unwatchable” movie in which Tom Cruise (or Mel Gibson) appears. I will watch repeatedly a damn-good flick in which either actor support or carry the weight of the film.

    Once upon a time, people held this prejudice against blacks in films as well as other minorities; some still do. Hollywood studios turned down Steven Soderbergh’s BEHIND THE CANDELABRA, saying they did not know how to promote/market a “gay movie”. So this fatal prejudice continues.

    This comment is not advocacy for Cruise (Gibson)…or gays…in the movies. It’s about tolerance. “Race” films like race records took years to put those black performers into the mainstream. For white actors like Tom Cruise (Mel Gibson) and films that proffer openly gay characters, being plucked from the mainstream is more common than it should be.

  14. NO!! NO!! Please NO TOM CRUISE!! He’s already ruined Mission Impossible for fans of the original series, please do not do this to us!

    For a more contemporary U.N.C.L.E. themed story, read “Undercover Reunion” available in print and Kindle on Amazon,Here’s a review by Bridget Calvert – Editor of ‘ The Network’ – “Many U.N.C.L.E. fans of the sixties imagined themselves helping U.N.C.L.E. if this was you, you will enjoy this new novel. Raven West has caught the spirit of ‘the things the dreams of U.N.C.L.E. fans all over the world consist of.”

    Tom, you’re more than welcome to star is the movie adaptation of my novel, since none of the main characters are in it, but please do NOT ruin Solo the way you did Phelps and every other TV series character you portrayed!

  15. Reacher sequel all the way!

  16. Loved Reacher. Wanna sequel.

  17. REACHER must happen again, Don’t really care about UNCLE but willing to check it out however it happens, love Oblivion, amazingly great story, the film was a moving painting, visually stunning, the director Joseph Kosinski is a genius.