If you ask Steven Soderbergh, the answer is ‘no’.
I think that the audience – for the kinds of movies I grew up liking has migrated to television. The format really allows for the narrow and deep approach that I like. Three and a half million people watching a show on cable is a success. That many people seeing a movie is not a success. I just don’t think movies matter as much any more, culturally.
This is why his last film project, Behind the Candelabra, will air on HBO this May after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival. This feature stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon and recounts a 6-year relationship between Liberace and his much younger partner, Scott Thorson. Here’s the most recent trailer.
You might not be able to see a Soderbergh film in the movie theaters any time soon but that doesn’t mean he’s not incredibly busy. He has two stage musicals in the works, he’s directing a play this fall, he plans to paint and write books and he’s created a cryptic website called Extension765. He’s also adapting author John Barth’s novel ‘The Sot-Weed Factor’ into a 12-hour mini-series.
I think I’ve come up with a solve to do it cheaply. It’s bold. If it works, it’ll be super cool. And if it doesn’t, you won’t be able to watch ten minutes of it. I don’t want to make a f—ing $85 million, 12-hour comedy set in the [1600s]. That’s why I started thinking this way.
It’s not like he’s been a stranger to TV in the past. Did you watch the series K-Street starring Mary McCormack and John Slattery back in 2003? He was the Executive Producer, Director, Cinematographer and Editor. So even though he’s leaving film-world for tv-theater-art-book-land, at least his filmography has many great titles to watch over and over. Here’s a clip from Sex, Lies, and Videotape, the film that launched his career. Tell us your favorite Soderbergh film in our poll below.