Steven Soderbergh Talks Theatre Plans & Retirement
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by Pat Cerasaro
Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh has revealed in a new interview with Vulture.com that he plans on pursuing theater work following his impending retirement with the release of this week's new feature film SIDE EFFECTS and the forthcoming HBO Liberace biopic BEHIND THE CANDELABRA finished and in the can, ready to premiere later this year.
Soderbergh states: "Just to be clear, I won't be directing "cinema," for lack of a better word. But I still plan to direct - theater stuff, and I'd do a TV series if something great were to come along."
Also, in the interview he confirms that he will be completing the CLEOPATRA movie musical project with Tony Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones after all, as well as direct a play by Scott Burns, who wrote SIDE EFFECTS.
The entire interview is available here.
Steven Soderbergh has directed 26 films in 24 years in his career so far and received an Academy Award for his direction of TRAFFIC. He revealed retirement plans as far back as 2009, when he began a heady string of features that will collectively comprise eight films in four years - THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, AND EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE FINE (A Spalding Gray documentary), THE INFORMANT!, CONTAGION, HAYWIRE, MAGIC MIKE, this week's SIDE EFFECTS and the upcoming BEHIND THE CANDELABRA.
MAGIC MIKE has been confirmed for a stage adaptation by film lead Channing Tatum, though Soderbergh's involvement has not been confirmed at this early stage of development.