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Exclusive: Steven Soderbergh's Next Film Will Be Scott Z. Burns' Psychological Thriller 'The Bitter Pill'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 29, 2011 4:04 PM
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Whether he's retiring, or taking a hiatus, or whatever, Steven Soderbergh's made it clear in recent months that after his HBO Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra," with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, we're not going to see a film from him for a while. But he's also seemingly keen to fit in as many films as he can into that timeframe, having added male stripper drama "Magic Mike" to his schedule earlier in the year.

Steven Soderbergh Considering Post-'U.N.C.L.E.' Options & New 'Haywire' Photos

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 21, 2011 10:00 AM
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After exiting the gestating adaptation of '60's spy series "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." as a result of casting and budgeting, it looks like Steven Soderbergh is wasting no time in finding his replacement with his upcoming sabbatical to still take place after filming the Liberace biopic, "Behind The Candelabra," starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon next summer.

Scott Z. Burns Talks Researching 'Contagion' & Working With Matt Damon & Steven Soderbergh

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  • September 10, 2011 2:00 AM
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Six Things We Learned From The 'Bourne Ultimatum' WriterWhile perhaps best known for writing the blockbuster smash, "The Bourne Ultimatum," which grossed a healthy $442 million worldwide, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns is possibly better known within the film industry for his collaborations with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Soderbergh. An Oscar winner himself (as producer of "The Inconvenient Truth"), Burns has collaborated with the "Erin Brokovich" director several times, including the writer's directorial debut "PU-239" and scripts for "Ocean's 12" (uncredited work), "The Informant!" and this weekend's virus thriller, "Contagion."

'Contagion' Writer Scott Z. Burns' Next Directorial Effort Is 'The Side Effects'

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  • September 7, 2011 2:42 AM
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Confirms George Clooney Backed Out Of Soderbergh's 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Because Of A Bad BackWhile perhaps not as well known and respected as names like Steve Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin, Diablo Cody or Charlie Kaufman, if his recent momentum continues, writer Scott Z. Burns will soon find himself among Hollywood's upper echelon of top-shelf and well-paid screenwriters (if he isn't there already). In theaters this weekend is Steven Soderbergh's pandemic thriller "Contagion," starring Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon and more, one of many collaborations between Burns and the Academy Award-winning director. Known for a screenplay to a little film called "The Bourne Ultimatum," Burns also did work on "Ocean's 12," wrote "The Informant," and is an Oscar winner for producing the documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."

Venice '11 Review: 'Contagion' Is A Propulsive, Terrifying Picture With A Top-Notch Cast

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 3, 2011 1:46 AM
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Disaster -- an eternally popular obsession of film. Audiences have turned up in droves over the last century or so to watch mankind against their own extinction in the form of meteorites, earthquakes, alien invasions, exploding suns, planetary collisions, and whatever it was that was happening in "The Core." One of the more popular hypotheses is that when the end comes -- and it will -- it'll be not with a bang, but with a whimper. And that's what Steven Soderbergh has examined in "Contagion," his first studio film since 2007's "Ocean's Thirteen," that finds the spread of a deadly bird flu-type virus the source of man's demise.

Steven Soderbergh Says 'Haywire' Moved To Summer; Happy About His 'Reshoot' Luxury On The Picture

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 30, 2011 7:36 AM
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Filmmaker Gives More Details On The Leni Riefenstahl Project He Deep-SixedLate last year we reported that Steven Soderbergh's spy action thriller "Haywire," starring MMA fighter and non-actor Gina Carano, was set to bow on April 22. In January, Soderbergh himself confirmed that date, but obviously if you've been paying close attention, you know that's not happening.

Steven Soderbergh Reveals He Dropped A Leni Riefenstahl Biopic To Do 'Contagion' Instead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 11, 2011 9:10 AM
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Throughout his film career -- which he is looking to step away from after he completes "Liberace" and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." -- Steven Soderbergh has easily moved from digestible Hollywood blockbusters like the "Ocean's Eleven" trilogy to studio dramas like "Traffic" or "Erin Brokovich," to stylish genre exercises like "Kakfa" or "Out of Sight" to micro-indies like "Bubble" or "The Girlfriend Experience." But as the years have gone on, and Soderbergh's output continues at a brisk pace, the director has become savvy to the machinations of the Hollywood machine and shepherding a project that will likely be difficult to finance or even find an audience is no longer something the helmer is willing to do.

Steven Soderbergh Eyeing Director's Chair For 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 17, 2010 12:46 AM
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The big screen version of "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." is one of those projects that has been knocking around for years that has never made it in front of cameras. It has attracted a variety of talent over time including Quentin Tarantino (really), Matthew Vaughan with Daniel Craig attached, David Dobkin and as recently as this summer, Doug Liman (who ended up turning it down). We can't say we were ever really interested in the project. Until now.

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