The concept of taking an old TV show and reinventing it for a modern audience is not a new one but can The Man from U.N.C.L.E avoid the fate of box office flops like The Avengers and The Lone Ranger?
One of the biggest film industry financial disasters of 2013, The Lone Ranger, should – on paper, have been a massive success.
Based on a long-running radio and TV series, it reunited director Gore Verbinski and actor Johnny Depp, the dream team behind the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and was produced by Walt Disney.
But audiences stayed away in droves with the film barely making back its production budget.
Two years on, Depp’s co-star Armie Hammer is sanguine about the film’s reception.
“The reception is not my responsibility, my job is done the final time the director says: ‘Cut’. My involvement, my input, my everything as an actor is done, it’s on to the next project,” he explains.
“I was lucky enough to make The Lone Ranger and it’s one of the best shooting experiences I’ve ever had with a crew. I’m still family with every one of them. I had the experience of 10 months just riding through the desert so, regardless of the reaction, it was an amazing project to be a part of.”