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The Beautiful People Get Sick

By TK Burton | Industry | February 9, 2010 |

By TK Burton | Industry | February 9, 2010 |

It doesn’t take much to get me interested in a Steven Soderbergh film. Even his ambitious failures (The Girlfriend Experience was pretty dull, I have to admit) are still somewhat interesting, and the man is a true auteur. So when I hear he’s working on a new film with an absolutely brilliant cast, I sit up straight and pay attention.

Soderbergh, is currently shooting Knockout, about “a black ops super soldier [who] seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.” Which sounds decidedly un-Soderbergh-ish, but who the hell knows. It stars Antonio Banderas, Ewan MacGregor and MMA fighter Gina Carano (and weirdly, Channing Tatum — who shall forever be known as Charming Potato thanks to commenter Mikey Likes It).

Apparently, one of his projects to be filmed after that will be Contagion, which sounds like a novel by Robin Cook or Michael Crichton. According to Variety, it’s “based on a script penned by Scott Z. Burns, is described as centering on a deadly disease with multiple plotlines in the same style as Soderbergh’s ‘Traffic.’”

So far, Soderbergh has cast Matt Damon, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet, and Jude Law. Jesus. That’s a hell of a cast. I don’t really give a damn what the movie’s about — you give me that cast and Soderbergh in the director’s chair, and my ticket is already bought. We’re talking heavy duty acting and hotness here. No studio is attached yet, but it’s hard to believe one won’t snap this one up quickly. Shooting begins later this year.

*Update — I just Googled Contagion, and it is a Robin Cook novel, though it appears to be unrelated to this film. Strange.

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