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U.S. TV's Answer to James Bond Might Finally Be Coming to the Big Screen, Featuring an A-List Superstar Whose Movies Have Grossed More Than $3 Billion Thus Far Deadline.com

The TV show we're referring to was a huge baby-boomer favorite: "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.." In its time, it was the most successful U.S. TV version of the James Bond franchise, which had hit movie theaters in 1962. And who is in talks to play superagent Napoleon Solo? Superstar Tom Cruise.

All of this is being reported by our friend Mike Fleming Jr. at Deadline.com.

The article also says that the film "will be directed by 'Sherlock Holmes' helmer Guy Ritchie. The original MGM TV series ran from 1964-68, with Robert Vaughn and David McCallum playing Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, respectively, two agents of the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. With gadgets and their wits and charm, they fought the evil forces of THRUSH. Warner Bros has long been high on the project, especially when the studio had Steven Soderbergh ready to direct George Clooney in the lead. The actor dropped out because he needed surgery on his neck and back, and he wasn’t up for a physical role. After Soderbergh departed, the studio turned the project over to Ritchie and his producing partner Lionel Wigram."