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Steven Soderbergh may come out of retirement for new Channing Tatum movie

02.04.2016

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Prior to shooting 2013's SIDE EFFECTS, Steven Soderbergh said it would be his final feature film directorial effort, and although he's stayed busy since by helming the Cinemax's The Knick, serving as the cinematographer on MAGIC MIKE XXL, and executive producing the upcoming Starz drama series The Girlfriend Experience, he might be planning on coming out of his self-imposed retirement for a new movie.

However, there seems to be some confusion about the project. Variety originally reported that Soderbergh is attached to direct Channing Tatum and Matt Damon in HILLBILLY HEIST, but shortly after the article was published, the filmmaker tweeted that their story is "wrong." Deadline, meanwhile, has heard the film is actually called LOGAN LUCKY, and that Michael Shannon, not Damon, will star opposite Tatum.

As for the plot of HILLBILLY HEIST/LOGAN LUCKY, THR is claiming that the story "revolves around a heist during a NASCAR-syle race," and that it is being described as "being in the vein of Ocean's 11, but with hillbillies." It also sounds like this is a pretty hot project. Most of the major studios, including Warner Bros., Fox and Sony, are looking to acquire the film, and Variety believes a deal will be made by the end of the week.

Even if Soderbergh doesn't end up directing, it does seem like he will still be involved with the movie to some capacity, probably as a producer. But it's going to take a bit for this to get sorted out, so we'll have to wait and see if Soderbergh has indeed decided to return to feature filmmaking.

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3:39AM on 02/06/2016
The Knick was one of the greatest shows I've ever seen. I'd almost rather he stay out of movies and stick to TV, because the stories he can tell are so much better but brings that big director style and skill to the small screen. Not to mention his clout alone will pull name actors to tv that otherwise might not have been interested. I just hope and pray that unlike reports, the Knick isn't done, or he isn't done with the Knick I should say.
The Knick was one of the greatest shows I've ever seen. I'd almost rather he stay out of movies and stick to TV, because the stories he can tell are so much better but brings that big director style and skill to the small screen. Not to mention his clout alone will pull name actors to tv that otherwise might not have been interested. I just hope and pray that unlike reports, the Knick isn't done, or he isn't done with the Knick I should say.
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1:15PM on 02/04/2016
Decent premise, horrendous title.
Decent premise, horrendous title.
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12:58PM on 02/04/2016
I hope there's more to this than the Ocean's sequels. A heist movie to me is only as good as the character interplay going on. I actually look forward to seeing Tatum bubba it up a bit. He may not be the greatest actor, but when the role calls for it, he can sure be fun to watch.
I hope there's more to this than the Ocean's sequels. A heist movie to me is only as good as the character interplay going on. I actually look forward to seeing Tatum bubba it up a bit. He may not be the greatest actor, but when the role calls for it, he can sure be fun to watch.
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12:28PM on 02/04/2016
I may get some flack for saying this, but personally, I don't enjoy Tatum's acting. After all the cheesy roles he's done, it's hard for me to take him seriously. Even in something like The Hateful 8, I couldn't take him seriously. There's just something awkward to me about his acting style that I can't see past. So it strikes me as odd that a great filmmaker like Soderbergh is coming out of retirement for an actor like this.
I may get some flack for saying this, but personally, I don't enjoy Tatum's acting. After all the cheesy roles he's done, it's hard for me to take him seriously. Even in something like The Hateful 8, I couldn't take him seriously. There's just something awkward to me about his acting style that I can't see past. So it strikes me as odd that a great filmmaker like Soderbergh is coming out of retirement for an actor like this.
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12:52PM on 02/04/2016
The director of Magic Mike coming out of retirement to direct the guy who is Magic Mike.
The director of Magic Mike coming out of retirement to direct the guy who is Magic Mike.
12:09PM on 02/04/2016

Steven Soderbergh coming out of retirement...

for Channing Tatum...Let that sink in.
for Channing Tatum...Let that sink in.
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12:30PM on 02/04/2016
LMFAO! Dude I just spit my coffee out!
LMFAO! Dude I just spit my coffee out!
11:09AM on 02/04/2016
Put Channing Tatum in film, have him take shirt off, $$$$$.
Put Channing Tatum in film, have him take shirt off, $$$$$.
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10:01AM on 02/04/2016
I can get behind a redneck version of Ocean's Eleven. Actually sounds pretty cool.
I can get behind a redneck version of Ocean's Eleven. Actually sounds pretty cool.
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9:09AM on 02/04/2016
I'm boycotting if they portray my people in a racists bigoted manner.
I'm boycotting if they portray my people in a racists bigoted manner.
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10:00AM on 02/04/2016
This is hilarious.
This is hilarious.
12:50PM on 02/04/2016
Some of our people ARE bigoted. It's a generalization to say we all are, but if you don't believe casual racism exists in the south anymore, ask your one black friend (if you have more than one, ask any one of them).
Some of our people ARE bigoted. It's a generalization to say we all are, but if you don't believe casual racism exists in the south anymore, ask your one black friend (if you have more than one, ask any one of them).
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