Soderbergh Talks Moneyball's Demise, His Cleo Rock Musical
There are a million reasons to love Steven Soderbergh, whether it's for the huge variety of movie he makes or the simple existence of Ocean's Eleven. But as someone frequently stuck interviewing celebrities who won't tell you the first interesting thing about their work, I admire Soderbergh's openness about his career. When I interviewed him in April about The Girlfriend Experience, he talked freely about the box office failure of Che, and even his upcoming Moneyball project, which at the time was just in the early stages of casting.
That project, of course, has since slipped out of Soderbergh's grasp, but true to form, he was talking about it openly with The Orlando Sentinel this week. When the reporter asked him what genre of movie he won't try, he responded wryly "Well, apparently I canít be trusted with a sports film."
He went on to express a kind of "que sera, sera" attitude about the whole thing,saying "As soon as it became clear that there was no iteration of that movie that I was going to get to direct, I immediately started looking around for something else to do. [...] My attitude when something like that happens is, ĎWhatís next?í You canít dwell on it."
The question "What's next?" has a lot of answers, including a biopic about Liberace and Cleo, a 3-D rock musical about Cleopatra. He talks about it all in the Sentinel article, calling Cleo "a total party" and admitting that there might not be gigantic audiences for a Liberace movie. That's Soderbergh, honest as ever.
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