It’s been 5 long years since Guy Ritchie’s The Man From U.N.C.L.E. released in theaters to mixed reviews from critics. Yet Illya Kuryakin’s actor, Armie Hammer, still hopes for a sequel to emerge. Eventually. Maybe.
In a recent interview with CinemaBlend, Armie Hammer still held out hope that someday, someone somehow would make a sequel to The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Granted, the interview wasn’t even originally about that movie. The interview actually took place during the press day for Netflix’s romance thriller movie Rebecca, in which Armie Hammer stars as in the lead role. It was actually co-star Lily James who asked Armie Hammer about a possible The Man From U.N.C.L.E. sequel, which led to him practically gushing about it.
“Trust me, if someone was like, ‘Hey, do you want to do a sequel?’ I would be like, ‘Hell yeah, let’s go!’ … I hear it. I get people being like, ‘Are you going to do a sequel?’ The answer is, ‘I hope so! I’d love to.’ At one point, Lionel Wigram, who was the producer and also who wrote the original script, he and I talked about ideas and he told me an idea that he had for it, and I was like, ‘That sounds great! Whatever your idea [is], let’s just do it!’ I don’t know, man. Keep pushing. Hopefully one day we can do it. I’d love to do it.” See? Just one big gush from Arnie Hammer in this interview.
The Return of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.?
So what are the chances that Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer will return for a The Man From U.N.C.L.E. 2? Honestly, I’d say “Don’t hold your breath”. The movie got a lukewarm reception from critics at its release, getting an approval rating of 67% based on 287 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
This feeling of “Meh” from critics likely contributed to the movie earning $108.5 million worldwide at the box office, against a production budget of $75 million. The Hollywood Reporter once estimated that The Man From U.N.C.L.E. lost Warner Bros. over $80 million once you factor in all the expenses and such.
So yeah, it seems like the chances of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. getting a sequel is about the same as pigs learning to fly. And yet, Armie Hammer once convinced writer Lionel Wigram to work on the script for a sequel back in 2017. Combined with the cult following the movie acquired in recent years, and we may just see a sequel emerge out of the murkiness of the Cold War. Someday. At least, it’s maybe something to look forward to in the coming years.
Armie Hammer is very, very hopeful about a sequel to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. happening in his lifetime. A bit too hopeful, perhaps? We’ll just have to see in the coming years. In the meantime, he has all his other movies to work in.