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. No way I would pay $ to see Cruise in UNCLE. It was a great franchise, that exuded sophistication and intellect; something he is totally lacking. Let’s fact it, he’s a middle aged actor, who has lost his credibility with much of his audience due to his off-screen offensive behavior and he’s not a polished young Napoleon Solo. Bring in the young guns, or if the boomers are the target audience; why not Clooney?

    • George Clooney is the transparent choice for Napoleon Solo. That said, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. is indeed “super-heroic” nonsense, and in no way serious cloak-and-dagger: The TV series inspired by the James Bond films, the central protagonist named after an Ian Fleming character in GOLDFINGER, the NBC program cashed in on the Bond crazed during the 1960s era. Is this “idea” (nigh, brainstorm) the product of nostalgia or marketing? There are 75,000 Baby Boomers in the United States, most of whom will wait for the DVD (if the movie’s any damn good); overseas such a film could fare better, depending. Whether it’s Tom Cruise as a blue-collar Solo in a tux or a Brit actor in a bespoke, all of this relies upon a good script and a steady hand. Tom is spreading himself thin with this sort of spy genre (MISSION, KNIGHT & DAY…even VALKYRE); and of course movie audiences already have their fill with BOURNE, BOND and, yes, ETHAN HUNT. On the other hand, today’s audiences is willing to buy OZ, HANSEL & GRETEL…and, of course, TWILIGHT. Ok, next?

      • 75000? Are you for real? Clearly, you forgot three more zeroes.

    • Tom Cruise is the wrong actor for the Man from U N C L E. He is not polished. Look toward a Bristish actor with class ans style.

    • I agree with you when you say Cruise would be wrong for Solo and Clooney would be a better choice. Although, I doubt Clooney would do it. Since when does a casting decision depend on an actor’s credibility? Cruise has the kind of clout in Holllywood, he can do any movie he wants.

      What offensive behavior are you talking about? Lindsey Lohan – that’s offensive behavior. Robert Downey too before he found a rehab that would help him. I don’t like Scientologists like Cruise but that doesn’t keep me away from his movies. Everyone in Hollywood is a little wacky.

  2. As a die hard fan of jack reacher, i was definitely not on board for the movie, but it was a good movie, and cruise didn’t do anything more than try to play the part. it’s not the same reacher, but if you can just enjoy the movie, sure i’d take another reacher.

    And really – if you’re going to see tom movies for anything more than the guy action flicks they tend to be, why bother? He makes good action movies.

    don’t know the man from uncle.

  3. Please no……Cruise will ruin Man From Uncle.

  4. Hope his “Angels”(backers)like losing money.

  5. Cruise is OK, I suppose, but he doesn’t fit into my idea of what Lee Child’s Jack Reacher should be. I think that there are better actors to play that role. Someone much bigger with more physical presence, perhaps.

  6. Heck, he ruined Mission Impossible, why not ruin another classic 60′s TV show !

  7. Man From Uncle! I’m on board.

  8. I wouldn’t mind seeing Matthew Fox playing Napoleon Solo in the Man from U.N.C.L.E. as opposed to Cruise.

    • Ooh, that’s a good one.

  9. Why ruin an already perfectly good franchise like The Man from UNCLE… with poor casting(Cruise) and worse of all just to make a quick buck. The Mission Impossible movies were just action movies with little to do with the tv show and they really could have been called anything else and it still would have amoounted to having to do nothing with MI.
    Casting is very important an so is the timing… Ocean 11 was a gamble and payed off but again had nothing to do with the Frank Sinatra movie just the name and it was basically a caper movie franchise. Enough with emaking tv shows from Boomer Times for todays audiences.. thats what DVD/Blue-Ray is for to enjoy them the way they were meant to be seen on TV.

    • AMEN AMEN AMEN!!!! I also laughed at the THOUGHT of Cruise playing Reacher. Just in reading the books I’m intimidated. Cruise, intimidating? Never.

      • @Chase

        I was speaking metaphorically, not reality. The Conference was in reference to Jack Reacher in the book and Jack Reacher in the movie.

        Jack Reacher is suppose to be 6’4 to 6’6 250

        Not 5’5 170

        And if you must really know, I am 6’5 260 give or take a grand slam breakfast.

  10. Again, Cruise is not Reacher. Could have called him by some other name. One Shot did not have the punch of the book with a midget playing a 6’6″ 250 lb. Jack Reacher. He may be better suited as Illya Kurykin as he wasn’t very big.

  11. I can see him playing Napoleon Solo, as Robert Vaughn was not a physically imposing actor and the part was just as much cerebral as action. So I don’t see any major problems, other than putting together a good ensemble cast, which would keep to the original show. I’m curious to see who they would cast as Ilya Kuryakin.
    As far as Jack Reacher goes, the movie was good from an action standpoint, but Cruise will never be Jack Reacher for us die-hard book fans. Come on, Jack Reacher is six foot five and 240 lbs with a very intimidating presence. I found it laughable that Cruise actually had to jump up to punch someone in the face during the movie. This was a horrible miscast as far as I am concerned and i’m sure there are tons of fans who feel the same way.

  12. “Tom Cruise isn’t as invulnerable at the box office as he used to be (see: Rock of Ages).”

    First of all, this guy cannot act any more, and never really could.
    Second, his portrayal of Jack Reacher was a farce.
    Third, how many franchises does he need to screw up before he is not offered major staring roles anymore?

    A jack Reacher sequel, with Tom Cruise, are you kidding me? It would work as a reboot with a better actor, but come on, with Cruise? LOL!!!!

    To even include him in any discussion regarding The Man from U.N.C.L.E is just laughable. He is not a good draw any more, and movie fans are sick of him. It’s obvious that he’s desperately trying to hang on to what’s left of his “career”, by getting his short little greedy fingers into every movie or movie franchise he can.


    I really think some of these stories are floated by him and his publicist because there cannot possibly be that much demand for Tom Cruise anymore. He plays the same character in every movie, there is no difference.

  13. Soderberg was wise, having a problem with the studios desires for casting and choosing to bolt rather than suffer. Cruise is a bad fit for Solo, who was thin, slight, subtle and, well, everything Tom Cruise is not.

  14. Another movie I won’t bother to see. When are they going to dump Cruise?

  15. Don’t think Cruise is right for Solo (Like Farrell was no Sonny Crockett in Miami Vice).

    BUT, I loved the first Jack Reacher movie and would hope they could carry that into a series. It felt real, Cruise did a great job and it’s a different direction where U.N.C.L.E. is and was a variation of Mission Impossible.

  16. My first reaction on reading that Cruise might be playing Napoleon Solo -”Oh, nooooo.” I don’t go to see a Cruise movie because Cruise is in it; and have not paid money to see a Tom Cruise movie since “War of the Worlds.” I have a hard time getting past my dislike for the man and his lunatic religion. However, I will see “Oblivion” as it looks interesting, but not because Cruise is in it.

  17. I didn’t read the Jack Reacher books, but thoroughly enjoyed Cruise in the movie. Love him in the Mission Impossible movies. U.N.C.L.E. could be a stretch. Not sure how well that would go over-easier to do Get Smart. As much as I like Cruise, a fresh face would probably help. Us baby boomers will be curious either way, so I’d go with someone more relatable to a younger audience. Actually, Robert Downey Jr. would be great.

  18. Why couldnt Cruise do both roles?

  19. Just shoot one movie and change the title 3 times. Same character, same plot, same stunts. Shouldn’t he be stretching as an actor by now??

  20. You misspelled “eying.” The correct spelling is: eyeing.

    • My bad, thanks for catching that.

      It’s been corrected.

  21. I bet Cruise wasn’t even born when Man from Uncle was on. To use him in a remake would be an insult to humanity (Cruise himself is an insult to humanity). The movie is pathetic and it hasn’t even been made yet. On the other hand, David McColum is doing pretty good on NCIS, and may still be able to play Illia Karaken (sp?). Why can they leave it alone. Oh yea – money. Tom Cruise needs more of it, I guess.

  22. As a “Boomer” that prefers NOT to see the same old stuff over & over again, I am really tired of seeing Cruise playing Cruise instead of a legitimate person cast specifically for the part. No, I am not going to join the collection of “casting directors” here and name this actor or that for this role or that. As far as I am concerned “Jack Reacher” hasn’t been cast yet. Cruise was a poor substitute just to keep Lee Child’s name in the news and to make a few more bucks while at it. Childs sold his fans out. I will wait for the real deal.

  23. Tom Cruise is the biggest star of the last 30 years

    • Carmen, the last 30 years? Hmmm, dont think so. Arnold, Sly and Bruce have been around the last 30 years.

    • LOL!!!!
      C’mon, you can’t be serious!?

  24. The Man from U.N.C.L.E had two stars. Robert Vaugh and the Russian guy. With Cruise in the role, I don’t see a “team” concept happening. The movie would be around him (Silo) and the Russian would be pushed into the background.

  25. He’s too short for Jack! That said I did quite enjoy the film despite the unnecessary final scene.

  26. Would you get a load of the many people who’ve stocked up on their lifetime supply of tom cruise haterade.

    • @Chase.

      We are comparing the size difference in Tom Cruise playing Jack Reacher, anything else he could play, I do not care.

  27. A Man From U>N>C>L>E> movie would be great…but with Cruise? No, call this an iniquity or a heresy, but he is not that great. All his characters seem the same lately, and he himself still looks like that smirking bright-eyed little kid, like he is still in Risky Business or something, smugly thinking he looks like such a cool little boy. So do the movie, but with someone more suitable than Cruise, who looks and acts more qualified than just some studio putzaroonie’s idea of a big name.