The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Guy Ritchie's big-screen adaptation of the 1960s TV series spy thriller, may just have a sequel in the works.
Armie Hammer, who starred in the 2015 reboot as a Russian spy opposite Henry Cavill, let slip in an interview with the blog Slashfilm that he'd asked producer and co-writer Lionel Wigram to write a sequel. The 2015 reboot, an action-comedy involving two Cold War-era spies who work together to fight a greater enemy despite their tendency to butt heads, definitely left room to make a franchise out of the concept.
And, as it turns out, Hammer got an interesting response from Wigram:
"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, f*ck 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!"
Although The Man From U.N.C.L.E. didn't break any box office records, the irreverent globe-spanning action flick featured a promising cast, which also included the lovely Alicia Vikander and Hugh Grant alongside Hammer and Cavill.
So let's be clear: A sequel is far from confirmed at this point, and Hammer's story may just be a bit of Tinseltown counterintelligence designed to put some pressure on the producers to get a sequel made.
When we put it that way, it makes perfect sense for a spy thriller, doesn't it?