Guess it's going to be one of those 'active' retirements for Steven Soderbergh.
Mere weeks after confirming that he would be retiring from filmmaking at the tender age of 50 and that HBO Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" would be his final work for the forseeable future, the director finds himself with a project he can't say no to.
Cinemax has given the greenlight to a ten episode run of "The Knick," a turn of the 20th century hospital drama. Clive Owen ("Children of Men") is in talks to headline the series, which revolves around Knickerbocker Hospital in downtown New York City in 1900, and the groundbreaking
Soderbergh had expressed interest in transitioning to television from feature films in recent interviews, intrigued by Netflix's venture into original programming, but was wary that a project would be enticing enough to get him on board. "I don’t wanna just do the pilot and have my name on it, and have my name on as an executive producer and then have nothing to do with it," Soderbergh lamented in an interview with Indiewire. "If my name’s on it I need to be involved, and the problem is I don’t want to be involved. That’s what I walked away from. There’s kind a catch-22 there."
Consequently, Soderbergh will reportedly direct all ten episodes of the series. Problem solved! The series is written by "Raising Helen"'s Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, who will be joining Soderbergh as executive producer.