We need to start appreciating new Steven Soderbergh movies while we still can. It's been rumored for a while now that the prolific director is thinking about hanging it up and pursuing other interests, but we have no idea what his last project will be. Soderbergh has multiple projects in development, including a Liberace biopic, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and the Channing Tatum stripper movie, but for all we know the filmmaker could decide tomorrow that he's done and all of those projects will be thrown in the trash. What we do know is that Contagion is set to come out in October and now we've learned that one of his other post-production projects has a due date.

Relativity Media has sent out a press release announcing that they have picked up distribution rights for the Soderbergh film and have officially given it a January 20, 2012 release date. An ensemble affair that includes Gina Carano (making her feature debut), Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas and Michael Angarano, the film is an action/thriller about a female black ops agent who is betrayed and seeks revenge. The script was written by Lem Dobbs, who also wrote the 1999 Soderbergh film The Limey.

January is famous for housing some of the worst films of the year, so this is really a breath of fresh air. It's rare that talented filmmakers get shafted with a mid-winter release date, but perhaps this will be the cure for cinephiles suffering from seasonal affective disorder.

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