With “The Fugitive” off and running at the box office, Davis Entertainment has snapped up the film rights to another 1960sTV show, “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”
John Davis’ company bought the rights for an unspecified sum from Ted Turner, who owned the show with Norman Felton and the estate of Sam Rolfe, the series’ creator. Davis could not be reached for comment Monday.
The series, created in 1964, starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as superagents Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin. TV’s answer to the James Bond films , the show ran on NBC until 1968.
No creative talent has yet been attached, although a distribution deal is reportedly near fruition. Warner Bros., Fox and Columbia are in the running to distribute the film, sources said.
The plan is to build a big-budget action thriller around the TV show’s premise, which often pitted Solo and Kuryakin against an international crime syndicate called THRUSH.
U.N.C.L.E. stands for United Network Command for Law & Enforcement.