Steven Soderbergh Possibly Ending Retirement?
Three years ago, director Steven Soderbergh said he was retiring from feature-filmmaking to the surprise of many movie fans considering his age at the time was just 50. But if you look at his body of work from 2000-2013, you could understand his desire to take a break. He directed 18 movies and a short-lived television show, K Street, in that time and that’s not even mentioning all of the other shows and movies he produced. I mean he was giving Woody Allen a run for his money on churning out movies.
But he didn’t say break. He said “retiring” which is a very definite word to use. Did I ever believe he was done directing movies? Absolutely not, which is why this news of a possible return to the big screen isn’t surprising.
Since his last movie, Side Effects, he’s worked strictly for television directing the HBO film Behind the Candelabra and all 20 episodes of the Cinemax show The Knick and his reasons for moving to television were due to his belief that the majority of originality and creativity in storytelling was found on television these days.
Having said that, he may have found something worth bringing to cinemas. According to Variety, Soderbergh could be directing something called Hillbilly Heist which would center around a group of people pulling off a heist during a NASCAR-type race.
But the question of whether he will be doing it is still up in the air as it was Soderbergh himself who tweeted, “Facts are SO twentieth century….,” following the Variety story. Now there are conflicting reports from such publications as The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline that Soderbergh’s denial of the whole story is in response to Matt Damon’s possible involvement in the project. THR believes Channing Tatum, another Soderbergh collaborator, is actually attached to star in the heist film.
Whether or not Soderbergh is actually returning to movies, it makes sense considering he plans to direct one final season of The Knick and he doesn’t appear to have any other projects on his plate save for producing another Cinemax show, The Girlfriend Experience, based off of his 2009 film.
I truly believe his “retiring” comments were made from someone who was just burned out following so many projects. He’s a guy who loves working and I can see him perhaps slowing down a bit and making a movie every three or four years which would ultimately be a good thing because while he’s made a number of good and different films over the past decade, it’s been more of quantity than quality.
Soderbergh is one of our most talented directors and he has many years of quality work ahead of him. It’s only a matter of time until he directs another major motion picture.
George Miller Talks About What Happened to His Failed ‘Justice League’ Movie
One of the great what-ifs in the history of cinema is George Miller’s Justice League movie that almost happened nearly ten years ago. Anyone who follows movie news knows a lot about the project such as who was cast, the script and concept art. But how did it all fall apart?
While speaking with THR, Miller talked about the project and how timing was it’s downfall:
“Justice League was the main one. That was, oh, seven years ago, I think. And there was a really great script. And Warners said, ‘let’s do it. Let’s do a Justice League.’ I was really attracted to it. But there was a writers strike looming. We had to cast it very quickly, which we did with Warner’s casting people. And we cast it really quickly and we mounted it very quickly. And it depended on a start date and it depended on some basic rebate legislation that had just got through a new Australian government. But it was just too big a decision for them to make in the time. And that fell through and the whole film fell through. We almost got there. And it wasn’t to be. But that happens a lot, where films line up and the stars look like they’re aligning and they didn’t.”
This is very interesting because Miller’s Justice League movie would have existed in a separate universe from Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies which were going on at the same time. Shared universes are all the rage in today’s superhero movies so it would have been a little strange seeing both Christian Bale and Armie Hammer as Batman in a separate universe.
It would have confused general movie audiences seeing two different Dark Knights, but witnessing Miller’s take on the superhero genre would have been amazing. He finally returned to live-action filmmaking with Mad Max: Fury Road and we all know how that turned out.
Personally I would have preferred Miller to Zack Snyder when it comes to a Justice League movie, but I’ll give Snyder the benefit of the doubt for now. There were rumors that Miller would direct a Man of Steel sequel so we can still hold out hope for that.