ThePlaylist reports after an exhausting casting search and budget restrictions Steven Soderbergh has called it quits on The Man From UNCLE. The budding spy franchise had been an active project for Soderbergh who was considering retiring before announcing he would direct it. It mainly came down to Warner Bros' limited budget of $60 million for a action film set in the 60's and would hop to four different continents. Think Mission Impossible or Bond meets Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy it would be expensive even before the actors were cast. Soderbergh had also been ticked off when the studio asked for younger actors giving them the suggestions of Michael Fassbender and Joel Kinnaman. Only to have them turned down then taken for other studio projects Londongrad and Arthur And Lancelot.
Warner Bros. seems to have dropped the ball since Soderbergh's Contagion ended up a solid success for them. You'd expect them to be more compromising when they're shelling out budgets twice as big for riskier projects. It's unknown if the project will keep going without Soderbergh but I'm sure he'll tackle something else soon.