Guy Ritchie set to direct The Man from UNCLE movie

Guy Ritchie is being lined up to direct the big screen version of The Man From UNCLE; the Sherlock Holmes director replacing Steven Soderbergh, according to entertainment site Deadline.com

The Man From UNCLE TV show ran for 105 episodes between 1964 and 1968 and told the tale of suave Solo, a man who worked for the United Network Command for Law Enforcement (UNCLE) against the Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (THRUSH).

The programme – which originally starred Robert Vaughn – has already sparked a made for TV movie in 1983 and sister series The Girl From UNCLE.

Directors including Quentin Tarantino, Matthew Vaughn X-Men: First Class and David Dobkin have all previously been linked to the project while Bradley Cooper was up for the lead role at one stage.