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Apparently the latest old TV series to get the big screen Hollywood makeover is The Men From UNCLE. Oh dear. Given that I wound up loving last year's movie version of The A-Team, perhaps I shouldn't be so suspicious... until I start recalling Lost In Space, Thunderbirds, Starsky & Hutch, Miami Vice... Yeah. Hello suspicion. Oddly enough, the planned casting for Napoleon Solo was George Clooney, an unexpected (if interesting) choice at fifty years old. He had to pull out due to a persistent back injury, but it's somewhat peculiar that, whilst he was clearly intended to be playing that role, ideas being tossed about by the producers for Illya Kuryakin include Ryan Gosling (30) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (also 30). I know Illya always looked a baby-face next to Solo, but isn't that going a little too far?! They're supposed to be best friends, not teacher and pupil. Still, it's early days yet. Anyway, in the finest spirit of childish sulking about vandalism, and a refusal to accept that a new version can possibly be any good, here's a celebration of the original, courtesy of YouTube. Just try to beat that, Hollywood.

In your dreams.


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Sep. 19th, 2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
Uggggg. Although Clooney as Solo could work. Could have worked. I wonder who they'll get now. Illya twenty years younger, though? huh?

What are the chances of them making this film in black and white?! Watching the clips above makes me think it looks better that way. It suits that darker humour that the earlir episodes had.
Sep. 19th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC)
They should wait for Clooney, and maybe get Brad Pitt as Illya. He's the one Clooney's friends with, isn't he? I get confused. Then there'd be some decent chemistry.

Black and white would be cool, but about as likely as me being happy with the casting. And speaking of humour - I wonder how much they're planning on including in the film? Season one or season three?!
Sep. 19th, 2011 04:07 pm (UTC)
I think they're friends, yes. Brad Pitt is the one Clooney made the Ocean's 11 films I'm not allowed to mention near you with, anyway!

Oh man. Season three would be right up Hollywood's street. Adam Sandler as Solo and Owen Wilson as Illya. Dancing gorillas galore.

Why do you tell me about these things?! :p
Sep. 19th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC)
I consider it my duty to spread the pain. ;)
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