Armie Hammer announced The Man From U.N.C.L.E. sequel prematurely
Actor Armie Hammer had to convince Guy Ritchie and his collaborator Lionel Wigram to write a sequel to 2015's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. after prematurely announcing a follow-up was in development. The Social Network star had been promoting another film at a press event earlier this year (17) when one reporter expressed their admiration for Hammer's work in the action spy comedy, in which he featured alongside Henry Cavill and Alicia Vikander.
Hammer was so flattered by the praise, he claimed another installment would soon be in the works - even though there had been no official news from either director Ritchie or co-screenwriter Wigram. "It (the sequel rumour) started because I was doing a press conference and someone was like, 'Oh, we loved The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'," he told U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America, "and I was like, 'Well, you know we're doing another one!' and everyone was like, 'Woah!'."So then I left the press conference and I emailed Guy... and Lionel... and was like, 'Er, just a heads up guys. I just told a room full of international reporters that you're working on another The Man From U.N.C.L.E., so when are you getting the script ready?' And the response was, '...Are you serious?'"
Hammer's remarks caught both of his pals by surprise, but Lionel eventually agreed to begin coming up with ideas for a sequel. He added, "The news (of a sequel) started to come out and Lionel wrote back and was like, 'Alright, I'll have the script by the end of the year.'"