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Director Steven Soderbergh exits 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'
Prolific director Steven Soderbergh ("Traffic," the "Ocean's 11" films) has crossed one movie off his crowded movies-to-make-before-I-retire list.
After being attached to the film for a few years, Soderbergh has exited "The Man From U.N.C.L.E., " a remake of the '60s spy TV show that was having budgeting problems and was searching high and low for the right leading man to fill the secret agent shoes of the original's star, Robert Vaughn.
The director, who balances big-budget studio films with smaller indie titles, was having difficulty lining up a star for the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Bradley Cooper was the latest name to be associated with the film, along with other rumored names such as Johnny Depp, Ryan Gosling and frequent Soderbergh collaborators George Clooney and Matt Damon (pictured with the director). The fate of the remake is now up in the air.
Soderbergh released "Contagion" earlier this year, and has "Haywire" coming out in January. he's currently shooting "Magic Mike," and will then focus on the Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" for HBO, starring Damon and Michael Douglas.
Then he'll retire...maybe.