Steven Soderbergh Takes a Bitter Pill After Man From U.N.C.L.E. Exit
11.30.11 by Ryan
Director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean's Eleven) must be ready for his sabbatical/retirement.
Just a week and a half after exiting the Man from U.N.C.L.E. adaptation, he's been developing for years with screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, Soderbergh already has another project to take its place. According to THR, the director will work with Burns on the thriller The Bitter Pill, which is described as a "thriller set in the world of psychopharmacology." Burns previously scripted 2009's The Informant! and this year's Contagion for Soderbergh.
Based on the 1960s TV show of the same name, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was set to be Soderbergh's penultimate project before his disagreement with Warner Bros. about casting and budget, which ultimately led him to exit the project. That leaves his Liberace biopic, titled Behind the Candleabra, as his final project once he starts shooting next summer with Michael Douglas as pianist Liberace and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, Liberace's lover. After that, Soderbergh is either going to take a break from directing or will retire from movie making altogether.
Soderbergh has two movies coming out next year, starting with the action thriller Haywire on January 20th, followed by the indie stripper comedy Magic Mike, which opens on June 29th.