Saturday, April 20, 2024

Oscar Winner Steven Soderbergh Will Direct “Panama Papers”: “Retirement” Now Officially Over


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.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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