Steven Soderbergh talks HAYWIRE, CONTAGION, and his future

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
January 8th, 2011

Despite Matt Damon revealing to the world that Steven Soderbergh was retiring from the world of filmmaking, the writer and director still has a hefty number of projects on his plate to keep that plan from being pushed back (thank you, cinema gods, for that).

In a chat with NFL Total Access (go with it), Soderbergh revealed many details regarding his upcoming projects, including HAYWIRE, CONTAGION, LIBERACE, and his The Man From U.N.C.L.E. adaptation. After the break, see what Soderbergh had to say on those projects, including plot points and release dates. Hint - April and October of this year are looking positively Soderbergh-tastic.

Soderbergh confirmed that HAYWIRE is indeed coming out on April 22. Starring MMA fighter Gina Carano, the film sees the tough chick as betrayed black ops soldier. Is she pissed? Better believe it - Soderbergh also revealed that this element of the film was a deterrent to some potential male leads, as he said, "there were a couple people not comfortable being pounded on by a woman." Who might have been comfortable with it? Co-stars Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, Bill Paxton, and Antonio Banderas. Nice job, guys.

The director's other upcoming project, CONTAGION, also includes a a giant cast of big names, including Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Laurence Fishburne. CONTAGION will open on October 21. The film, which Soderbergh classifies as a horror film, focuses on the threat of an outbreak of a deadly disease that needs to be quelled. Soderbergh calls it "brutal."

When it comes to the retirement rumors, Soderbergh admits that he is looking to "wind it down," but clarified that he still very much wants to complete LIBERACE and his The Man From U.N.C.L.E. adaptation (which he wants George Clooney to star in). But is that it for the director? Yes. Well, maybe. Soderbergh himself said, "anything can happen in this business." Hopefully, "anything" means "sticking around and still making films."

Which Soderbergh film are you most looking forward to? Personally, I cannot wait to see CONTAGION.

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