Probably Steven Soderbergh has been planning his Liberace biopic, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, since 2008 at the very least.
But at that time Soderbergh had other things to do from The Girlfriend Experience, The Informant! and the upcoming Contagion and Knockout to the actors private lives, in particular Douglas cancer.
Still, the three remained committed and now in a recent interview with The Orlando Sentinel Damon said that the plan now is to shoot in 2012. Despite Soderbergh threatening to retire from from directing, Damon is hoping to be on set and persuade Soderbergh to direct a little more. “It’s his life to do with what he wants. So in the meantime, I’d doing as many movies with him as I can. I’ve definitely got him on the hook for one more.”
Damon loves working with Soderbergh and considering the success of their work together and given that he and Douglas are both veterans after their work on the Oceans movies and Traffic, I really hope they have one last movie together. And maybe convince Soderbergh to stick with the business?
Here is Damon’s quote about why he thinks Soderbergh really will go away.
“I’ve talked at length with Steven about it. He is going away for a while, I think. He genuinely wants to paint. And he feels if he really dedicates himself he can be really good. He’s not yet 50. He will put in the hours. He has a work ethic like nobody I’ve ever seen. He feels if he puts a hard decade of work in, he could really be doing something.
“But I see it as a waste of this incredible depth of knowledge of filmmaking. But his thing is ‘form. I’m only interested in what I can do with form. I’ve made almost every movie I want to,’ he says. ‘And if I see another over-the-shoulder shot, I’m going to kill myself.’
“I said to him, right after I did ‘Invictus,’ ‘Steven, I just finished a movie with a guy in his 70s who still charges out of bed every morning because he can’t wait to get to the set. He has a blast and is really loving it and he’s been doing it a lot longer than either of us.’ And without a blink, Steven says ‘But Clint’s a storyteller. A great storyteller. I’m not interested in stories. I’m interested in form.’