The Art of the Movie Trailer: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Paying Attention: One thing that Hollywood does really well is re-cycle. Make one hit movie, and it can be remade once a generation to meet the expectations of a new group of movie goers. Peter Pan, originally an animated Disney film, was rather famously remade as the live-action movie Hook(starring Robin Williams). Remakes are a business model for Hollywood, which likes a sure thing. A remake has some built-in advantages: a known cast of characters, solid story line, a pre-sold audience. The trick is to always be true to the original while bringing in enough new material and ideas to advance the experience. And, of course, it’s not just movies that get remade, but TV shows as well. Coming this fall, English director Guy Ritchie (the two recent Sherlock Holmes  movies and the rather chaotic Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels are among his credits) will bring the 1960s era TV Show The Man From U.N.C.L.E. to the big screen (Release date: 15 August 2015). Original characters Napoleon Solo and Ilya Kuryakin will be re-imagined for a new generation of movie goers and older devotees of the hit TV Show. Ritchie is a terrific action director and if this remake delivers like his Sherlock Holmes films did, it might just be a “tentpole”– a movie that will allow for a series of  Man From U.N.C.L.E. films. There is a precedent: does the name Bond, James Bond, sound familiar?

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