Like anyone who has a modicum of taste, I started wailing uncontrollably when I read this. Then I remembered that the maker of sex, lies and videotape (note the correct lower-case spelling, yo – I do draw the line at spelling SEVEN with a 7 in place of the V, though), the OCEAN’S trilogy and OUT OF SIGHT (quite possibly my favourite movie of the ’90s) has threatened to quit before yet keeps on keeping on. I’d be bummed if Soderbergh called it a day, although even if he does wrap it up after his proposed MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E movie he’s still got one of the best bodies of work out there, one that lends itself to regular rewatching.
Before all that, however, he’s got two films coming out this year, both of which sound more than a little interesting. CONTAGION sounds like he’s applying his ensemble-cast, multi-storyline TRAFFIC approach to a killer-virus storyline a la OUTBREAK, and he’s assembled a terrific line-up of actors that includes Matt Damon, Gywneth Paltrow, Jude Law (TALENTED MR RIPLEY reunion!), Marion Cotillard, WINTER’S BONE badass John Hawkes and BREAKING BAD’s Bryan Cranston.
Prior to that hitting cinemas in December, though, Soderbergh is trying something a little different, an action movie titled HAYWIRE with mixed-martial-arts champ (and novice actress) Gina Carano in the lead.
Here’s some footage of Ms Carano kicking arse and being kinda cool (‘Bad Reputation’, though? Time for a moratorium on that song, yes?):
The film, which has Carano’s secret agent blacklisted or burn noticed or bad reputationed and out for revenge against the people who screwed her over, has reportedly been described as “a Pam Grier movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock”, and Soderbergh himself has cited FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE and John Boorman’s POINT BLANK as inspirations, which I think you’ll agree sounds completely rockin’.
What’s more, dig the supporting cast: Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Bill Paxton, Matthieu Kassovitz, Michael Fucking Fassbender and Antonio Banderas to name just a few. And if that wasn’t enough, Lem Dobbs, who wrote Soderbergh’s THE LIMEY, did the script and David Holmes, who provided the what’s-cooler-than-being-cool-ice-cold soundtracks for OUT OF SIGHT and the OCEAN’S movies, is doing the music.
And if you don’t trust my judgement, maybe you should listen to THE SOUP’s Joel McHale, who recently Tweeted that he saw a cut of HAYWIRE and was suitably impressed. So maybe you should be too.