Steven Soderbergh Working on The Hunger Games?
08.05.11 by Ryan
Despite director Steven Soderbergh's constant back-and-forth about retiring from Hollywood, he's becoming very adept at finding more work in movies.
With a remake of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. starring George Clooney set to start shooting in February and the biopic Liberace starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas set to start next summer, Soderbergh added Saturday Night Fever-esque comedy Magic Mike in April, and it looks like he'll also work on director Gary Ross's adaptation of The Hunger Games.
The Soderbergh rumors began as so many do in our current technological times — on Twitter. The Playlist found that production designer Eddie Mills had used his Twitter to announce: "Soderbergh in the house this weekend!!! very exciting!" (Mills has since taken his account down).
Electrician Chrys Blackstone also got in the act, Tweeting (in an account that has also been taken down): "Holy sh*t! Just found out that Steven Soderbergh is coming to the #hungergames to direct 2nd Unit. I am so excited this is getting good!"
Despite the two crew members' attempt at damage control, the cat is already out of the bad, prompting Ross to confirm Soderbergh's involvement to Entertainment Weekly.
It’s true he’s shooting two days of second unit. He’s one of my best friends and we all help each other a little bit on these things.
Prior to Hunger Games, Ross and Soderbergh worked together on 1998's Pleasantville, which Ross directed and Soderbergh produced. After clearing up the Soderbergh rumors to EW, Ross admitted that the North Carolina-based production has already "done a lot of action-y stuff."
We’ve burned down a forest, we’ve had the fire sequence, we blew up this pyramid of stuff that went 150 feet up in the air, and we had suitcases flying over a quarter of a mile.
Still, says Ross, it's the performance of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen that is the most impressive. "“I think it’s the power of Jennifer’s acting that’s the most moving to me," Ross admitted. "That’s the stuff that knocks me out."
It's unknown whether Soderbergh will be able to work with Lawrence, as second unit work usually doesn't involve the principal cast.
Soderbergh's two finished movies, Contagion and Haywire, open on September 9 and January 20, 2012, respectively. The Hunger Games opens on March 23, 2012.