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Hollywood history is full of what-ifs. What if Tom Selleck had played Indiana Jones? What if Edgar Wright got to direct Ant-Man (that one still stings)? What if Steven Soderbergh directed a James Bond film? That last one comes to us courtesy of a Q&A at Nitehawk Cinema, following a screening of Haywire, when Soderbergh revealed that he had been approached to direct a James Bond movie more than once, but it never got off the ground.
Here’s what the director had to say:
Over the years, I’ve been in conversations…I’ve been approached twice about doing a Bond film. And it never quite got anywhere. And [‘Haywire’] in some ways, was my opportunity to do what I would do with a Bond movie.
The little tidbit was dropped in the midst of a discussion about Haywire and Soderbergh’s attempts to get a sequel (and even a TV show) made, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
After a several year break, Steven Soderbergh is returning to the movies with two projects currently in the works - "Mosaic" and the heist comedy "Logan Lucky". He also spoke at a retrospective screening of his action thriller "Haywire" this week and revealed that he's been asked to be involved in the James Bond series - and not just one time. He tells The Playlist:
"Over the years, I've been in conversations… I've been approached twice about doing a Bond film. And it never quite got anywhere. And ['Haywire'] in some ways, was my opportunity to do what I would do with a Bond movie."
It was a rushed opportunity though. The filmmaker had assembled a crew to shoot "Moneyball" but was then fired from the project. Not wanting to let his crew down, he scrambled to assemble another film which was when he saw "Haywire" star Gina Carano in an »
- Garth Franklin
Steven Soderbergh’s sabbatical from making movies is officially over. While he took a detour into television with “The Knick,” the director has two films in the works: “Mosaic,” an experimental project over at HBO (which may not quite resemble a film in the end and could be a kind of a series), and the Nascar heist […]
- Rodrigo Perez
Get yer terrific long-suppressed film history right here, folks -- this is what it takes to get your movie banned in East Germany in 1965: Günter Stahnke makes a drama revealing forbidden capitalist-style competitiveness and dastardly backstabbing in a state-run industry. Think any of those Party censors would object? Spring Takes Time DVD Defa Film Library 1965 / B&W / 1:37 flat / 76 min. / Der Frühling braucht Zeit / Street Date March 2016 / available through The Defa Film Library / 29.95 Starring Eberhard Mellies, Günther Simon, Doris Abesser, Karla Runkehl, Rolf Hoppe, Erik S. Klein, Friedrich Richter, Elfriede Née. Cinematography Lothar Erdmann, Eckhardt Hartkopf, Hans-Jürgen Sasse, Kurt Schütt Film Editor Erika Lehmphul Original Music Gerhard Siebholz; 'The Sputniks' Written by Hermann O. Lauterbach, Konrad Schwalbe, Günter Stahnke Produced by Defa Directed by Günter Stahnke
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
So you think artists over Here have it bad... Günter Stahnke experienced some late-career fame at the 1990 Berlinale film festival, »
- Glenn Erickson
Here's an example of what happens when trades rush out to report a story, in a desire to be first, but no one has their ducks in a row. Last night, a flurry of information hit the web about a supposed return to feature filmmaking for Steven Soderbergh, but no one seems to know exactly what it is, for what sounds like a project that's very much in flux. Read More: Steven Soderbergh Talks 'Mosaic,' 'Kafka,' & Plans To Still Make 'The Sot-Weed Factor' First, Variety reported that Soderbergh would helm "Hillbilly Heist," a movie that would star Channing Tatum and Matt Damon. They later changed the title of the movie to "Lucky Logan," and noted that Warner Bros., Fox, and Sony were all angling to acquire the movie. Meanwhile, Deadline said Damon wasn't involved, and that the project would be starring Tatum and Michael Shannon and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Before he captivated television audiences with (in this author’s humble opinion) one of the greatest television shows ever made — the pulsating, sensuous “The Knick” — Steven Soderbergh began something of an indie revolution with his debut film “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” in 1989. Known as an incredibly hands-on director (and editor, cinematographer, screenwriter, and producer — using various pseudonyms on his projects for each position) since his first film, Soderbergh’s career would perhaps not have taken the same shape without this Palme d'Or-winning masterpiece. Starring James Spader, Andie MacDowell, Laura San Giacomo, and Peter Gallagher, “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” is an iconic look into the secret lives of relationships and affairs. It’s raw emotion and challenging sex scenes paved the way for the cinema of the years to come. Read More: Steven Soderbergh Talks ‘Mosaic,’ ‘Kafka’ & Plans To Still Make ‘The Sot-Weed Factor' »
- Samantha Vacca
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