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DEC
8
2 YEARS

Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram in Talks to Make 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

The director and producer of the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes" sequel may board the project, which previously had Steven Soderbergh attached to direct.

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Lionel Wigram and Guy Ritchie

After losing one film team, Warner Bros.’ Man from U.N.C.L.E. could be gaining a new one.

Guy Ritchie and Lionel Wigram, the director and a producer of the upcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel, are in talks to come aboard the project. Ritchie would direct with the duo producing via their recently formed, Warners-based shingle. (John Davis is also producing.)

Steven Soderbergh was to direct the project but dropped out in mid-November due to casting and budgetary issues. The project shouldn’t lose any steam though, since it was well-developed and was teed up to go next year.

The only real question is whether or not Ritchie and Wigram keep the previous project’s 1960s setting.

Soderbergh, meanwhile, is setting up a pharma-psychological thriller The Bitter Pill at Summit. 

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows opens December 16. Ritchie directed the movie with Wigram, who came up with the concept of the modern-style take on the famed detective, producing with Joel Silver, Susan Downey and Dan Lin.