Soderbergh Talks About Moneyball

September 2, 2009

Director Steven Soderbergh (Ocean's Eleven, Traffic) kept quiet about being removed from the movie Moneyball back at the beginning of the summer, but now he's finally willing to discuss his philosophy about getting dropped from projects.

In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel Soderbergh talked about projects future and past, and why he's able to get over it when a studio dumps him off a film.

The man doesn't seem to bear any grudges when it comes to Moneyball, the film that was going to be based on the book of the same name about the Oakland A's and their stats-obsessed general manager Billy Beane:

There have been a couple of times in my career where I’ve been unceremoniously removed from projects. I don’t waste a lot of energy on it. It doesn’t get you anywhere. As soon as it became clear that there was no iteration of that movie [Moneyball] that I was going to get to direct, I immediately started looking around for something else to do. ...So my attitude when something like that happens is, ‘What’s next?’ You can’t dwell on it.

His next two films are a bio-pic about Liberace, titled Liberace, and a 3D musical (if you'll believe it) about Cleopatra. Michael Douglas is going to star as Liberace and Matt Damon will play his lover, Scott Thorson, and the script is written by Richard LaGravenese:

It’s a great project all the way round and we’re right in the middle of acquiring the money to make it. It’s a very difficult environment to raise money for a movie like that, because it’s a movie for grownups and it’s about Liberace. So a lot of people look at it and go, ‘Who’s this for?’

His Cleopatra film is going to star Catherine Zeta Jones, and he says it's going to be a "total party". A party in 3D, in fact.

It's good to see that Soderbergh hasn't lost his eclectic taste in genres, but do his new projects sound like he's gone a little off his rocker? A 3D musical? Have the tastes of general audiences changed so much in the past couple of years that there's a demand for more films about Cleopatra, or is this Soderbergh kicking sand in the eye of the establishment?

One way or another, we can at least expect this of the director: He will continue to make films we didn't expect.

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