So much for Steven Soderbergh’s “retirement.”
The Oscar winning director of “Erin Brockovich,” “Traffic” and many other good films has signed to direct a film about the Panama Papers.
The film about the world’s largest data leak will be produced by Lawrence Grey’s Grey Matter Productions. It’s based on the forthcoming book called “Secrecy World,” being written by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jake Bernstein and published by Henry Holt and Company. Anonymous Content (“The Revenant,” “Spotlight,” “Babel”) is joining to develop, finance and produce the film, according to a press release that everyone got tonight.
Soderbergh has “The Girlfriend Experience” running on the Starz channel, plus he’s finished filming “Logan Lucky” with Riley Keough, Daniel Craig, and Channing Tatum. After a flop in 2013 with “Side Effects,” Soderbergh indicated he was taking a break.
This was interpreted as a “retirement.” But it didn’t last long. He’s also directed 20 episodes of “The Knick” for TV, and won awards for the Michael Douglas-Matt Damon Liberace movie “Behind the Candelabra.” He also has a mysterious project called “Mosaic” for 2017 with Sharon Stone and Garret Hedlund.