Great news – one of the most underrated movies recently might be getting a sequel, according to Armie Hammer who revealed some details!
To be honest, this is a surprise. After The Man From U.N.C.L.E. failed at the box office, we thought that would be the end of Guy Ritchie’s revival of this old show. It was implied that the franchise plans fell into the water after the first movie failed.
Guy Ritchie made a sexy spy thriller that is at the core, a three-way flirtation between Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, and Alicia Vikander, and to be honest, it was a pleasure to watch.
Ritchie managed to hone in on a certain kind of playful sensuality through the entire movie that keeps this 60s action fun, flirty and flighty. It helped tremendously that Cavill, Vikander, and Hammer have amazing chemistry together.
For those who didn’t get the chance to see it, this is the official synopsis
At the height of the Cold War, a mysterious criminal organization plans to use nuclear weapons and technology to upset the fragile balance of power between the United States and the Soviet Union. CIA agent Napoleon Solo (Henry Cavill) and KGB agent Illya Kuryakin (Armie Hammer) are forced to put aside their hostilities and work together to stop the evildoers in their tracks. The duo’s only lead is the daughter of a missing German scientist, whom they must find soon to prevent a global catastrophe.
With a set up like this, it seemed impossible that this movie would fail.
Then why did it flop?
Well, even though the film had a great and fun premise and an abundance of star power, audiences failed to recognize its potential, and they have failed to show up.
Another problem might lay in the fact that its release was just a few weeks before the office box hit Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which is yet another sexy thriller that is a bunch of fun. Our guess is that audiences felt as if they were getting more of the same, and went with the “safe” Tom Cruise option. We cannot say that they were wrong – Mission: Impossible’ numbers are louder than words, but we still feel that this film suffered unjustly.
Bu, ignore all that. The film is really entertaining, and it deserves a sequel, and we are not the only ones with this opinion. Collider’s Steve Weintraub spoke to Armie Hammer about the actor’s new film Free Fire, and he asked what would be necessary to make The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2 a possibility. And this is where we all got an unexpected surprise.
Hammer revealed that the sequel might already be in the works, stating “I actually recently talked to Lionel Wigram, the producer and co-writer with Guy, about a Man from U.N.C.L.E. sequel, and I was like, ‘Dude if you don’t start writing this script I’m gonna show up at your house and cut all of the tires of all of your cars, I swear to God.’ And he was like, ‘You know what? Fuck it. I’m just gonna do it, I’ll probably start writing it,’ and I was like, ‘Yes! Good! Start writing it!’ So if you haven’t yet, Lionel, checkmate. Start writing it!”
It’s great that there’s no pressure on Wigram, right?
Don’t get too excited, just because the script is being written, does not mean that the movie will be made.
We still have no confirmation from Warner Bros. and the factthat the first part earned only $109,8 million worldwide on a budget of $75 million isn’t really encouraging. Why would the studio decide to make a sequel? And yet, stranger things have happened.
After all, the first film ended in such a manner that is effectively set up further adventures for the all-star trio, with Hugh Grant serving as their handler, and just imagining further adventures is fun.
So, is the fact that Wigram is willing to write a sequel enough?
It’s pretty unclear. At the moment, Wigram is producing Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2, and recently he wrote and produced Ritchie’s upcoming King Arthur Legend of the Sword – so these two are at least in studio’s good graces.
As we recently learned, Ritchie is preparing to direct Disney’s upcoming live-action Aladdin. So, if this high-profile musical makes it, maybe Ritchie will be able to persuade WB to give The Man from U.N.C.L.E. chance number 2.
So, would you like to see it, or are you among those who were left unimpressed?