A sequel could be on the way for Guy Ritchie’s 2015 action-adventure The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Based on the sixties television series of the same name starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. found Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer playing a CIA agent and KGB operative forced to team up to take down a mysterious criminal organization working to proliferate nuclear weapons.
The film received mixed-to-warm reviews upon release and gathered a good amount of fans, but the box office numbers simply weren’t there. The film pulled $US109.8 million worldwide on a production budget of $US75 million, which doesn’t count marketing costs. So, it’s somewhat surprising then to hear that a sequel is in the works.
In an interview with Slash Film, Hammer revealed that a potential sequel is currently being written by Lionel Wigram, who co-wrote The Man from U.N.C.L.E. alongside Ritchie and was also one of the film’s producers.
“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?’” Hammer said.
“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!”
While it’s interesting to hear that Wigram is working on a script, whether a sequel ends up actually getting the green light remains to be seen. Financial performance speaks volumes when it comes to sequels and potential franchises, so the creative heads will have to come up with something mighty appealing if they want to get WB to jump on another one. Stay tuned.
Ritchie’s next film, the Charlie Hunnam-starring fantasy actioner King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, arrives in Australia on May 11 and opens in the US on May 12.