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Soderbergh Confirms Backers for 'Side Effects," Lands Distributor

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood January 18, 2012 at 1:54PM

Between toying with the idea of retiring to become a painter and reaffirming himself as a polymath filmmaker, prolific Steven Soderbergh knows how to keep his schedule full. Annapurna Pictures and Open Road Films will partner to produce "Side Effects," one of several upcoming Soderbergh projects.
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Steven Soderbergh

Between toying with the idea of retiring to become a painter and reaffirming himself as a polymath filmmaker, prolific Steven Soderbergh knows how to keep his schedule full. Annapurna Pictures and Open Road Films will partner to produce "Side Effects," one of several upcoming Soderbergh projects. The film is set to start shooting in April. (This shooting slot was originally going to be  "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," which fell apart.)

"Side Effects" (formerly known as "Bitter Pill") will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Gregory Jacobs from a script by Scott Z. Burns, who penned Soderbergh's "Contagion" and "The Informant!"  Soderbergh's star-du-jour, Channing Tatum ("Haywire," "Magic Mike") will likely star with Blake Lively and Jude Law.

Year-old production company Annapurna was founded in 2010, but has some impressive projects in the works, including Kathryn Bigelow's untitled project about the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden and Paul Thomas Anderon's "The Master."  Backed by the AMC and Regal theater chains, new indie distributor Open Road is only a year old--with upcoming releases such as "The Grey" and "The Host," from "Twilight" scribe Stephanie Meyer.  

Open Road will release the film in the first half of 2013.

This article is related to: Steven Soderbergh, IN THE WORKS, Scott Z. Burns


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.