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Look, I know that I talk about The Man from U.N.C.L.E. a lot. I wrote about it when it first came out, I talked about it a few weeks ago when it was announced that Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander would be reuniting for the upcoming action movie Freakshift, and it’s been mentioned a few times in between. I ate cake to celebrate the one year anniversary of its release date and I don’t even like cake, but I love this movie, and what others may consider to be a test of the boundaries of normal human behavior I consider dedication. If you still haven’t seen it, you absolutely must. It’s two hours of pure delight, and we could all use more of that. So imagine my absolute maniacal joy over the weekend when I saw the headlines suggesting that The Man from U.N.C.L.E. may be getting a sequel:
To whom can we address our thank you notes? This stud, Armie Hammer.
While doing press for his new movie Free Fire (which comes out Friday and looks like it’s going to be a blast), he told an interviewer that he kinda sorta unofficially commissioned a second movie:
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? Today is the first day I’ve actually told anyone that story. I only told one other person who asked. Apparently, the sequel is being written right now. No pressure, Lionel!
Uh, big pressure Lionel. I have to imagine that Armie is genuine about wanting to get it made, because he also talked about it on Instagram:
I’m a bit skeptical about that last statement only because I don’t actually think it’s humanly possible. The fans absolutely adore this movie, and we’ve been obsessing over what our trio of spies would get up to in a sequel since the first time we saw it.
As much as I want to go out and buy my tickets right now, I fully recognize that just because a movie is being written doesn’t mean it’s going to get made. Filmmaking is a hugely complex process that takes a long time, and there are a ton of factors to take into consideration. Come through for us Warner Brothers! U.N.C.L.E. ends with the trio getting the code name for their little team and a new assignment, so there is more than enough material to choose from when coming up with a story for subsequent films. There’s so much I want to know!
Poor things have tried and failed three times so far.
All of these things remain to (and hopefully will) be seen, and “bug the shit out of Warner Brothers” is going to be the first item on my to-do list for the foreseeable future.
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