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Seems like Steven Soderbergh was serious about retiring from filmmaking

Dec. 22, 2010by:

Once in a while, an actor or director says they're considering a willing exit from making movies, whether due to frustration, ennui or just other artistic distractions and desires. But while it's often temporary or a distorted comment (such as from the still-active Anthony Hopkins, Jet Li or Viggo Mortensen), Steven Soderbergh seems pretty serious about leaving it behind.

While making Soderbergh's virus thriller CONTAGION, star Matt Damon had this to say to the LA Times of his friend and frequent collaborator: "He's retiring, he's been talking about it for years and it's getting closer. He wants to paint and he says he’s still young enough to have another career. He’s kind of exhausted with everything that interested him in terms of form. He’s not interested in telling stories. Cinema interested him in terms of form and that’s it. He says, 'If I see another over-the-shoulder shot, I’m going to blow my brains out.' "

Damon himself seemed a little deflated about Soderbergh's intentions: "For me, I'm going to spend the next 40 years trying to become a great director and I will never reach what he's reached. And he's walking away from it."

The talented director, whose diverse filmography features commercial, experimental and "prestige" fare including the OCEAN'S trilogy, TRAFFIC, OUT OF SIGHT, THE LIMEY, ERIN BROCKOVICH and THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, first mentioned the possibility of retirement a couple of years ago. But he certainly hasn't slowed down since then, spending that time directing, producing and/or developing a number of projects. He still has, at the very least, LIBERACE (with Damon and Michael Douglas) and the recently reported MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. movie with George Clooney before he theoretically departs the business.

Soderbergh's next release is the action/espionage movie HAYWIRE (formerly KNOCKOUT), featuring MMA star Gina Carano:

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Source: LA Times

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1:43PM on 12/24/2010
Why must a good director, decide to retire? sure he will go out on top, but Hollywood is doing too many remakes, sequels and pre-quels...that its sad that Soderbergh is retiring...maybe he will comeback some day.
Why must a good director, decide to retire? sure he will go out on top, but Hollywood is doing too many remakes, sequels and pre-quels...that its sad that Soderbergh is retiring...maybe he will comeback some day.
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8:18PM on 12/23/2010
Traffic
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3:30PM on 12/23/2010
He's retiring thanks to Hollywood that only is interested in greenlighting remakes, reboots and mediocre films in 3D. And for original work screw that.
He's retiring thanks to Hollywood that only is interested in greenlighting remakes, reboots and mediocre films in 3D. And for original work screw that.
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1:48PM on 12/23/2010
Che
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12:37PM on 12/23/2010
Out of Sight. Its the precursor to the Oceans movies, still waiting for a sequel for it too.
Out of Sight. Its the precursor to the Oceans movies, still waiting for a sequel for it too.
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12:00PM on 12/23/2010
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12:00PM on 12/23/2010
Traffic. I gotta say this isn't a huge surprise to me. While reading "Rebels on the Backlot" I got the impression from him that he felt like making films were more headaches than it was worth
Traffic. I gotta say this isn't a huge surprise to me. While reading "Rebels on the Backlot" I got the impression from him that he felt like making films were more headaches than it was worth
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11:00AM on 12/23/2010

That Chick...

up there is my favorite EVERYTHNG at the moment! GOTDAMN
up there is my favorite EVERYTHNG at the moment! GOTDAMN
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10:33AM on 12/23/2010
Two actually: Traffic and Ocean's Eleven.
Two actually: Traffic and Ocean's Eleven.
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10:29AM on 12/23/2010
At least he's leaving with a strong collection of high notes. May he live long and prosper, and thank god for Out of Sight.
At least he's leaving with a strong collection of high notes. May he live long and prosper, and thank god for Out of Sight.
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10:06AM on 12/23/2010
Out of Sight!
Out of Sight!
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9:50AM on 12/23/2010

Retirement....

.....is for pussies.
.....is for pussies.
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9:31AM on 12/23/2010

Tidbit

Oceans 11 was and still just amazing fun.
Oceans 11 was and still just amazing fun.
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6:20AM on 12/23/2010
"If I see another over-the-shoulder shot, Im going to blow my brains out."

Cool bro, I'll gladly take over and deposit the $1 million you make for every over-the-shoulder shot into my bank account.
"If I see another over-the-shoulder shot, Im going to blow my brains out."

Cool bro, I'll gladly take over and deposit the $1 million you make for every over-the-shoulder shot into my bank account.
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4:45AM on 12/23/2010
You know, this guy has made good movies and not so good movies. But he hasn't made unforgettable movies. So, I guess we'll manage just fine without him.
You know, this guy has made good movies and not so good movies. But he hasn't made unforgettable movies. So, I guess we'll manage just fine without him.
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4:11AM on 12/23/2010
Che 1 and 2.
Che 1 and 2.
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3:04AM on 12/23/2010
Painting, uh... So I'm guessing an aspiring painter found a door to his head and is now controlling him?

The saddest part is while directors like him decide to retire at the top of their game, others like Uwe Bowl are still spewing mediocrities year after year after year. How very very sad...

As for my fav Soderbergh films, it would either be Kafka or Bubble.
Painting, uh... So I'm guessing an aspiring painter found a door to his head and is now controlling him?

The saddest part is while directors like him decide to retire at the top of their game, others like Uwe Bowl are still spewing mediocrities year after year after year. How very very sad...

As for my fav Soderbergh films, it would either be Kafka or Bubble.
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2:52AM on 12/23/2010
This is sad news. Few directors can master directing and cinematography at the same time. As a film student, I admire him....

For me I cant decide between Ocean's 11 and Traffic.
This is sad news. Few directors can master directing and cinematography at the same time. As a film student, I admire him....

For me I cant decide between Ocean's 11 and Traffic.
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1:26AM on 12/23/2010
This just makes me sad.

Tidbit: Che Parts 1 & 2. Watching them back to back at TIFF was incredible.
This just makes me sad.

Tidbit: Che Parts 1 & 2. Watching them back to back at TIFF was incredible.
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1:02AM on 12/23/2010

WTF...

I assume once he made The Oceans trilogy he figured he couldn't top a masterpiece like that! What a dbag! Now he is going to start painting??? Fuckin idiot! Go paint so nobody can give a shit! Hollywood is full or idiots like this guy!
I assume once he made The Oceans trilogy he figured he couldn't top a masterpiece like that! What a dbag! Now he is going to start painting??? Fuckin idiot! Go paint so nobody can give a shit! Hollywood is full or idiots like this guy!
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2:49AM on 12/23/2010
Dude. I'm an aspiring filmmaker and I dread going INTO hollywood. It's a messed up business to begin with. I, personally, wouldn't bash the guy for leaving it all behind, I'd fucking congratulate him
Dude. I'm an aspiring filmmaker and I dread going INTO hollywood. It's a messed up business to begin with. I, personally, wouldn't bash the guy for leaving it all behind, I'd fucking congratulate him
12:34AM on 12/23/2010

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My favorite is probably Out of Sight
My favorite is probably Out of Sight
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8:13AM on 12/23/2010
Same here . . .
Same here . . .
11:43PM on 12/22/2010

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Ocean's Eleven.
Ocean's Eleven.
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11:43PM on 12/22/2010

Favorite Soderbergh Movie

I'll probably be in the minority but I've got to go with Che: Part One
I'll probably be in the minority but I've got to go with Che: Part One
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