It’s only been two years since Steven Soderbergh vowed to retire from the film part of filmmaking. But the vangard Oscar-winning director, whose last theatrically-released movie was the pharmacutical thriller Side Effects, says in a new interview that he still isn’t feeling the magnetic pull of the big screen.
“I don’t have an interest in making another theatrical film unless my attitude changes or the business changes,” Soderbergh tells The Hollywood Reporter. “There are a series of things that have contributed to it — I think the audiences have a played a role, the studios have a role in it — but film is increasingly fear based in its decision-making, and that’s not a good base to be creative.”
Referring to his recent output of work for television, Soderbergh remarked, “No f—ing executive would [normally] ever let this pass.”
In addition to his Emmy-winning HBO movie about Liberace, Behind the Candelabra, which Soderbergh claims was rejected by major Hollywood film studios, and his acclaimed Showtime drama The Knick (now entering its second season), the director is continuing to explore the creative possibilities in non-movie mediums. He is executive producing Amazon’s Red Oaks and a Starz series based on his 2009 indie The Girlfriend Experience.
And last month he generated buzz by announcing a “choose your own adventure” project for HBO, rumored to star Sharon Stone. “It will require a new Emmy category and we will we the only eligible nominee,” Soderbergh said in a statement.