Exclusive: Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh is not retiring from filmmaking. He had said he would a while back. But really he’s going into TV. Soderbergh has done so well for HBO with “Behind the Candelabra” that I am told there is an announcement forthcoming about a new TV series.
Soderbergh will likely get a deal similar to Aaron Sorkin and Martin Scorsese, who make “The Newsroom” and “Boardwalk Empire” for HBO. That will keep Soderbergh busy until he wants to return to feature films.
Before I knew all this, I ran into him after the “Candelabra” premiere. I asked about the retirement. He said, “When Matt Damon saw the [huge] reaction tonight, he said to me, You’re done, aren’t you? And really, I thought yes, because that’s the best you can do.”
But earlier in the day, Soderbergh– whose credits include “Erin Brockovich,” “Sex Lies and Video Tape,” “The Informant,” “Contagion,” “Traffic” and so on–had not been able to confirm a retirement. His wife, Jules Asner, just said “Nyah,” when I mentioned it. Said the lovely Jules: “Everyone needs a break.”