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

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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.