Steven Soderbergh Still Plans On Retiring Despite Being Busier Than Ever
The film world was caught a bit off guard when Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh (Out Of Sight, Traffic) suddenly announced that he would be retiring a few months back. Further confusion arouse when the director quickly signed on to a slew of movies, causing some to wonder if the whole retirement thing was just a stunt.
Well, today a new interview with Senor Soderbergh has appeared with the director confirming that he does still plan to retire maybe sort of. “I'm interested in exploring another art form while I have the time and ability to do so,” claimed Soderbergh before adding, “I'll be the first person to say if I can't be any good at it and run out of money. I'll be back making another Ocean's movie.”
So there you have it. Apparently he’s still planning on retiring, but maybe not. No one knows what’s going on in the brain behind those black-rimmed glasses. The guy has the infectious thriller Contagion coming out next week, followed swiftly by the male stripper movie Magic Mike, a Liberace bio-pic, and an adaptation of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
All of those movies are confirmed to be on the way before he moves to Florida and takes up golfing. So, we’ll wait and see what actually ends up happening. Personally, I think the guy is just too addicted to making movies to stop. I’m sure he’s frustrated by the restraints of Hollywood, but as one of the few directors with the clout to execute his vision within the studio system, it would really be a shame if he left it all behind.
George Clooney Drops Out Of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
In further Steven Soderbergh news, it appears that the director will no longer be reuniting with his old buddy George Clooney on The Man From U.N.C.L.E. It seemed like a perfect vehicle for the Ocean’s 11/Solaris duo, but sadly it was not to be, most likely due to scheduling conflicts between one of the biggest movie stars and most successful directors working today.
The film is still slated to be the next project that Soderbergh will make however, so expect the role to be filled soon (most likely by one of the other absurdly famous faces from Ocean’s 11). The sad thing is that this might have been the last opportunity that Clooney and Soderbergh will ever have to work together if the director does end up retiring. At least that would be true if I believed the retirement nonsense for one second.
Josh Brolin To Star in Old Boy Remake
Finally, the Old Boy remake that nobody wants continues to move its way through the studio system. Though Christian Bale has yet to officially sign on to play the villain, Spike Lee has a star attached to play the lead role in his update of the dark Korean masterpiece. Josh Brolin will apparently be stepping into the lead role.
Given that the main character requires an actor who appears grizzled and worn out, but also tough and funny, this is actually a pretty strong choice. I couldn’t be more against the idea of an Old Boy remake in theory, but Brolin and Bale would make a pretty damn great central paring and Spike Lee does know his way around stylish visuals.
There’s no way that it will ever top the original version of Old Boy, but it could at least be worth watching, which is really all you can ask out of a remake. At the very least, I look forward to seeing how Brolin handles this sequence: