The project is adapted from the TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which starred Robert Vaughn and David McCallum as Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, two agents working for the United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.). Armie Hammer will play a version of Illya Kuryakin, with Tom Cruise playing Napoleon Solo.
The series, which ran for four seasons between 1964 and 1968, centered on U.N.C.L.E.'s battles with the Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity (T.H.R.U.S.H.).
Guy Ritchie is directing from a screenplay by Scott Z. Burns, which had been in development for several years. At one point, Steven Soderbergh was set to direct, with George Clooney attached to star, but they both dropped out when George Clooney had to have surgery on his neck. No production schedule was given.