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Steven Soderbergh To Direct 10-Episode Cinemax Series 'The Knick' Starring Clive Owen

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 23, 2013 2:42 PM
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Steven Soderbergh Clive Owen

....and hiatus over. It's safe to say that Steven Soderbergh has pretty much done it all in the cinema world (except make a western, which he has said is not a genre he's a particular enthusiast for) and has grown a bit weary of storytelling in that format. He's been there, done that, won a Palme d'Or and an Oscar, so now it's time to conquer a new medium, so how about television? Okay, he went down that road a bit with the short lived "K Street" in 2003, but the industry has changed massively in the ensuing decade. Now, Soderbergh is getting back behind the camera.

He'll be taking on "The Knick" over at Cinemax, a ten-episode series (which he'll helm every episode of -- take that David Fincher!) set to star Clive Owen. Sweet fancy moses. Sounding like an old-timey "E.R.," the show is set in 1900s New York City and will center around the Knickerbocker Hospital, and surgeons, nurses and staff who did some amazing work without the techniques of modern medicine available at their disposable. This sounds pretty rad, and it's certainly a particular milieu Soderbergh hasn't tackled before.

We reckon this means his ambitious 12-hour TV take on John Barth's "The Sot-Weed Factor" is on hold for now, but Soderbergh is just gonna keep swimming, you'll just have to see where he goes. Speaking of which, the ever-busy director has fully launched Extension 765, where you can buy original art, t-shirts and more from him. No, really. It's another interesting venture from a man who continues to refuse to be defined within any specific boundaries. [Deadline]

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  • Pierre | May 23, 2013 4:18 PMReply

    He's announcing new projects quicker than people are writing retirement articles about him.

  • hank | May 23, 2013 3:46 PMReply

    agreeing with kitcon. can the playlist stop over-hyping his nonexistent retirement now? theatrical or not filmmaking is filmmaking and he's not going to stop.

  • Peter | May 23, 2013 3:20 PMReply

    Will this be a limited series?

  • KitCon | May 23, 2013 3:05 PMReply

    hiatus, retirement...he's jerking you around like a trout with that tired line.

  • d | May 23, 2013 3:44 PM

    When will people understand he explicitly said he's taking a breaking from *film,* not TV?

  • YES! | May 23, 2013 2:55 PMReply

    YES! But c'mon, Cinemax?

  • Chris | May 23, 2013 3:09 PM

    He'll have tons of freedom there.

  • brian | May 23, 2013 2:47 PMReply

    i dont know what ive had enough of, period shows or hospital shows. either way glad to see soderbro still behind the camera.

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