'Man From U.N.C.L.E.' Reboot Gets A Writer

‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ Reboot Gets A Writer

When NBC and Universal decided to remake Knight Rider with the voice of Val Kilmer as K.I.T.T., we said OK. When AMC announced that they were doing a remake of The Prisoner in the form of a miniseries with Jim Caviezel, we said OK (not knowing at the time that it would blow). Now, it seems that the fan community needs to put their collective feet down, as Warner Bros. is moving forward with their big-screen reboot of the 1960’s spy series The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The original, which ran on NBC from 1964-68, introduced the world to Robert Vaughn, who went on to do some pretty amazing things like BASEketball and BBC’s Hustle, and David McCallum, who fell into animated voice-over obscurity went on to co-star in CBS’ NCIS. After years of rewrites and script proposals, Warner seems to have found their writer. From Heat Vision:

Max Borenstein has been tapped to write the latest draft of “Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” Warner Bros.’ big-screen version of the 1960s TV show.

David Dobkin is attached to direct the long-in-development project and will produce with John Davis and Jeff Kleeman.

Borenstein is known for highbrow and historical fare including “History on Trial” and “JIMI,” a Jimi Hendrix biopic script set up at Legendary that landed on last year’s Black List.

Now that Warners has finally hired a writer, he still needs to put together a script, and it has to go through the even more rigorous process of rewrites. It could be years before the film ever hits theaters, but you can believe spy fans across the globe won’t be holding their breaths.

  • Libby
    April 16, 2010 at 5:19 am

    Voice-over obscurity for David McCallum????

    • Gail
      April 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm

      Sebastian, do some research before you write! Obviously you know nothing about U.N.C.L.E. fans if you can write about McCallum that way. I became an NCIS fan because of Ducky.

  • susan
    April 16, 2010 at 12:44 am


  • JVaughn
    April 16, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Who is Sebastian Suchecki,and has he really never heard of NCIS…CBS’ top rated show with 7 years of success! Original cast includes one Mr. David McCallum. Perhaps he’s an American Idol fan!

  • Anne
    April 15, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    You’ve never heard of NCIS? I’d hardly call
    that “voice-over obscurity.”