Soderbergh Drops Out Of “U.N.C.L.E.”

After a long casting process that has still yet to yield any players, Steven Soderbergh is stepping down from the film adaptation of classic 60’s series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” at Warner Bros. Pictures reports The Playlist.

Soderbergh was in meetings with Warners the other night in Los Angeles and could not come to an agreement over casting and a low $60 million dollar budget proposal, a number that would make shooting a ’60s period spy film set on four continents difficult.

Thus he’s pulled out. He and Scott Z. Burns have been developing the project as the first in a trilogy of films since early 2010 and his early top choices for the lead roles were Michael Fassbender and Joel Kinnaman.

It’s now expected that Warners will have to start over and will almost certainly scrap their planned March filming date.