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Will Steven Soderbergh Move to TV After ‘Magic Mike?’

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When one thinks of Steven Soderbergh, they think of film (or ‘Magic Mike,’ unless you’ve been living in a cave on with your fingers in your ears this past weekend).  Still, with TV becoming such an increased forum for industry talent (just look at all the TV coming to Comic-Con 2012 this year), is there a chance we’ll ever see Soderbergh on the small screen?  According to one A-lister, it’s a distinct possibility.

According to various reports and comments from Steven Soderbergh himself and frequent Soderbergh collaborator Matt Damon, it seems the director might have his eyes set on TV.  Soderbergh operated behind the camera for the strip-tastic ‘Magic Mike’ eveyone’s been talking about recently, as well as maintaining an involvement in the upcoming ‘Bitter Pill’ and ‘Behind the Candelabra,’ set to debut on HBO before theaters.

Damon first started the speculation in an interview with the LA Times, suggesting that Soderbergh might have grown tired of film as a medium, though Soderbergh’s response to Damon’s words in the Associated Press suggested a possible leap to television:

American movie audiences now just don’t seem to be very interested in any kind of ambiguity or any kind of real complexity of character or narrative — I’m talking in large numbers, there are always some, but enough to make hits out of movies that have those qualities. I think those qualities are now being seen on television and that people who want to see stories that have those kinds of qualities are watching television.

Later, Soderbergh continued to suggest a shift in his career medium by talking with The New York Times:

I’m interested in exploring another art form while I have the time and ability to do so.  I’ll be the first person to say if I can’t be any good at it and run out of money I’ll be back making another Ocean‘s movie.”

Nothing official has been announced, but what say you?  Do you think Soderbergh should make the leap to TV?  What kind of project would you like to see him attached to?  Give us your best pitch in the comments below!

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