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Guy Ritchie's big screen version of the Man From U.N.C.L.E. was a film that went largely unappreciated upon release but is remembered for being a great deal of fun for those that saw it. Now it looks like fans' hopes for a sequel might not be entirely without grounds. In a recent interview, one of the film's main co-star's, Armie Hammer, said that he gets asked about a potential sequel so often, that he actually asked the original movie's writer about penning a follow-up, and the writer has apparently agreed. According to Hammer...
I called Lionel Wigram, the producer of the movie, and he and Guy produced it and wrote it all together. I was like, 'Dude, what's the deal? I get asked about this shit all the time. Can you just write a sequel?' He was like, 'You know what? Yeah, fuck it, I'll do it. Sure, I'll write a sequel.' I was like, 'If you write one, I'm sure we can get one made,' so who knows?
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was, like so many movies in recent years, based on a television show. However, since the show in question originally aired during the 1960s, the movie did not have the name recognition that so many other adaptations have. However, the film that Guy Ritchie directed was cool and stylish and included an amazing cast that included an incredibly charismatic Henry Cavill alongside Armie Hammer with great supporting performances by Alicia Vikander and Hugh Grant.
I myself was a latecomer to the movie but found it to be thoroughly entertaining. The film leaves itself open to further adventures and so the idea of a sequel actually being written, as revealed by Slashfilm, is wonderful news. Of course, the fact that the previous film only grossed about $100 million globally probably means that the film isn't a high priority for anybody, although if the fan base is loud enough, it's possible they could push a sequel into production. Certainly, other films have been made thanks to little more than vocal fan support.
The premise of the film, as well as the series it was based on, involved the pairing of a CIA Agent and a KGB operative who worked together during the hottest parts of the cold war. Henry Cavill was the super suave CIA agent while Armie Hammer played the by the books member of the KGB. The two played off each other remarkably well and it's that interaction that most fans would probably like to see more of.
Of course, the other thing we would need to get a proper sequel going is Guy Ritchie behind the director's chair. For that to happen a sequel would likely have to wait until Ritchie's next project, Disney's live-action Aladdin is done. In addition, there have been rumors of a third Sherlock Holmes movie with Robert Rowney Jr. and that franchise has been significantly more profitable for its studio.