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Clooney Dropping Out of 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Remake, and Soderbergh Just Wants To Paint, Really


It's been nearly a year since we learned Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney had designs on doing a film remake of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., but it seems they may have at last sunk to the point of shrugging disinterest everyone else was at when they heard first about these plans. According to Deadline, Clooney, who was set to star, is now "in the process of withdrawing," charismatically explaining to Warner Bros. that they're great but he's a busy guy and just doesn't have time to commit to this right now. Soderbergh is still attached, but in this New York Times article, he seems eager to finish his current line-up of planned films--U.N.C.L.E., Magic Mike, and a Liberace biopic--and get on with a painting career, so I wouldn't be too surprised if Clooney's departure leads to the whole thing getting canned. So, considering Soderbergh's reputation for intense production speed, that puts us, what, maybe two years from being able to buy the original Soderbergh oil painting Clooney Reclining on Damon? Start saving up, for your living room's sake.

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