Steven Soderbergh isn’t one of those omnipresent filmmakers who takes advantage of every interview opportunity when they have a film heading to theaters. Rarely do you see Soderbergh sitting down for a long-form Q-and-A with the hottest pop-culture magazine, and I’d swallow my own tongue if you ever heard Soderbergh’s name on TMZ. So when he grants a lengthy and informative interview, we tend to sit up, pay attention, comb through his comments with care and see what news we can parse.
With his latest film, Side Effects, heading to theaters on Feb. 8, Soderbergh opened up to Vulture for a candid conversation about his pending retirement, the genesis of his most recent films, the truth about the “myths” of Soderbergh’s legend, and much more. There are so many interesting things the director spoke of, we just want to run through the top talking points.
On the reason for his pending retirement:
On the theory that Soderbergh follows a “one for them, one for me” method of choosing film projects:
On the old movie he watched in preparation for Side Effects:
On the poor treatment of directors in today’s film industry:
And finally, on his plans for a Kafka remake:
The entire interview is worth a read. And of course, we’ll all be seeing Side Effects when it opens. We don’t know how many movies Soderbergh has left, so we’ll cherish the ones that arrive as he puts the finishing touches on his cinematic legacy.
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