It’s been too long since we’ve heard from the biggest fan of Yes’s 1980s output, Steven Soderbergh. The last thing I reported on about Soderbergh’s future has still yet to be confirmed, and that was his very merry unretirement with a heist movie that definitely stars Channing “Chan-fried Po-Taters” Tatum, and maybe Michael Shannon too but definitely not Matt Damon. Other than that, it’s mostly been radio silence. Thankfully, on the eve of the TV series inspired by and taking the name of Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience (something that I may or may not watch and may or may not cover on this very webzome), Soderbergh has seen fit to give us yet more clues about his future output. Anyone hoping that he’s quitting TV will be very disappointed, but those people are bad and wrong, so who cares how they feel anyway (*Please note that if you are one of said people, The Narrator actually cares very much about how you feel. -Editor)?
The Wall Street Journal’s online piece about Soderbergh’s future in TV is some invaluable reading for any fan of the man (not saying being a fan of his should be a prerequisite to commenting on this webzone, but…). After starting off talking about the constant requests to do a stage version of sex, lies, and videotape, he eventually gets into the first bit of future speculation, and that’s with The Knick. Soderbergh has been back-and-forth on The Knick recently, at first stating that he wouldn’t return for any future seasons, if they were indeed made before retracting and suggesting that he would direct future seasons. And now he outright confirms it, stating that “I should have predicted was that after doing 20 hours of it, I wasn’t that anxious to just give it away”. And thank god for it, considering Soderbergh’s direction/cinematography/editing/possibly catering is the very best thing about The Knick. He also talks about the plan showrunners/writers Jack Amiel and Michael Begler have for the show, mentioning that they’re sending a proposal to be renewed for four additional seasons to Cinemax, which, if they accept it, would mean that casting, production, and budget strategies would be locked for those four years. Also, [BLANKITY BLANK], according to Soderbergh, is no more, has ceased to be, bereft of life, they rest in peace.
Other than scoop on The Knick, the most enticing part of the article for me is shoved below the spoiler paragraph on The Knick. It seems like everyday, we’re getting slightly more info on what’s happening with Soderbergh’s next project, the mysterioso HBO movie/thingamajig Mosaic, which stars Sharon Stone, Garrett Hedlund, Beau Bridges, The Knick‘s Jeremy Bobb, Jennifer Ferrin, and Maya Kazan, Jacob Vargas (who played Benicio del Toro’s partner in Traffic), and Paul Reubens. At first it was deemed a “choose-your-own-adventure” type deal by the press, which was refuted by Soderbergh on his delightfully weird Twitter account and in this article. The pictures Soderbergh has posted of the production on said Twitter account have been divided into “phase one” and “phase two”, and while the article doesn’t entirely clarify what exactly that means (or anything about the plot), it does at least hint at its structure.
“You won’t be altering the outcome as you go through it — it’s a fixed universe,” he says. “But the way you navigate it is what makes it different than a traditional linear narrative.”
So, maybe it’s some kind of multimedia experience, or maybe it’s just a way for Soderbergh to say that he’s now worked with the other famous “SS” in the business (maybe it’s a World War II movie to bring it up to three of those). Who knows. But, since any Soderbergh news that doesn’t end with Soderbergh being shot in the street has to be capped with this gif, here it is.