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Soderbergh ankles ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’

Source: Director, studio couldn't agree on budget

Steven Soderbergh has ankled from directing Warner Bros.’ spy pic “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

Studio confirmed Friday that Soderbergh had departed from the project. Warner Bros. had no further comment but a source close to the situation indicated that the director and the studio had disagreed over budget issues.

It’s uncertain whether Warner Bros. will continue to develop “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,” based on the 1960s TV series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as superagents Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin, operatives for the United Network Command for Law & Enforcement.

Project’s seen Matt Damon, Johnny Depp and Bradley Cooper pass on the lead role vacated by George Clooney several months ago. Scott Z. Burns has written the latest version of the script.

Warner Bros. picked up Soderbergh’s drama “Magic Mike” late last month and set it for release June 29. HBO picked up Soderbergh’s Liberace film “Behind the Candelabra” last month and the TV pic will star Michael Douglas as the performer and Damon as Liberace’s lover, Scott Thorson.

News of Soderbergh leaving “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” was first reported by The Playlist.

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