The Man from U.N.C.L.E. was a pretty decent spy thriller starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as a mismatched pair of spies from the US and Russia, an adaptation of the 1964 television series of the same name. Directed by auteur Guy Ritchie, the film was lost in 2015, a year featuring two of the genre's biggest franchises, 007 and Mission: Impossible, only grossing $45 million domestically. The movie may not have lived up to my personal high Guy Ritchie expectations, but it was still a shame that it wasn't a hit. It certainly had franchise potential with the incredible spy-chemistry of the two leads.
Though there has really not been any talk of a sequel due to that box office figure, at least two men in Hollywood haven't given up on a Man from U.N.C.L.E. sequel. Armie Hammer had an update for /Film, explaining he approached one of the writers requesting he write a sequel:
"I called Lionel Wigram, the producer of the movie, and he and Guy produced it and wrote it all together. I was like, ‘Dude, what’s the deal? I get asked about this shit all the time. Can you just write a sequel?’ He was like, ‘You know what? Yeah, fuck it, I’ll do it. Sure, I’ll write a sequel.’ I was like, ‘If you write one, I’m sure we can get one made,’ so who knows? Today is the first day I’ve actually told anyone that story. I only told one other person who asked. Apparently, the sequel is being written right now. No pressure, Lionel!"
So, a sequel is being written, seemingly unofficially. Be wary, just because a script is written, doesn't mean a film is a given, especially in an odd case like this. The original film cost $75 million with a worldwide gross of $109 million. Factoring in marketing, the film really didn't turn much profit, so even if a script is completed, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2 is unlikely. This is truly is disappointing because the first film included so much origin material that I left with the feeling that a sequel would be more satisfying. But I'm not getting my hopes up, just because Hammer convinced Wigram to write one on a whim. But, it can't hurt to have a script ready just in case, right?
Is a sequel to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is something you want to see? Or did you skip or weren't impressed with the first film? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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