Famed director of Contagion, Traffic and the Ocean’s 11 series Steven Soderbergh has announced that he will be taking a break from filmmaking after the release of his HBO Liberace biopic, Behind the Candelabra. Before that comes out however, he will be releasing Magic Mike which is already in post-production, and was scheduled to work on Arthur & Lancelot and The Man From U.N.C.L.E.as well, but when his U.N.C.L.E. plans fell through amidst casting difficulties, Soderbergh decided to jump onto a project close to filming.
That project will be The Bitter Pill, which was going to be screenwriter Scott Z Burns (Contagion, The Informant!) directorial debut, until Steven stepped in. It’s based on some research that Burns did for TV drama Wonderland, which never made it to screens and is based on our reliance on mood regulating drugs and what that makes us vulnerable to. It also promises a twist.
Scheduled to start shooting next spring, The Bitter Pill should begin nabbing Hollywood stars shortly. As one of Soderbergh’s last films for at least a little while, we expect to be hearing a lot more about it soon.