Steven Soderbergh Comes Out of Retirement to Direct Cinemax’s ‘The Knick’ With Clive Owen
While HBO's 'Behind the Candelabra' continues to earn rave reviews before its premiere, Steven Soderbergh has made yet another amendment to his alleged retirement, set to direct and produce a new 1900s series for Cinemax titled 'The Knick,' starring 'Sin City's Clive Owen. Get the first details of the hot new project inside!
Make as many jokes about Steven Soderbergh's retirement as you like, but we're happy to have the 'Side Effects' and 'Magic Mike' keep on behind the camera. Via Deadline, we've learned that Soderbergh's next project will take him to premium cable once more, producing and directing new Cinemax series 'The Knick,' starring 'Children of Men' lead Clive Owen.
Set in 1900's downtown New York the 10-episode Cinemax series (all directed by Soderbergh) chronicles "a tumultuous time of massive change and great progress," telling the story of the groundbreaking staff at Knickerbocker Hospital, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. Jack Amiel and Michael Begler act as writers and executive producers along with Owen and Soderbergh as well as Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar and Soderbergh’s longtime producer Gregory Jacobs.
Deadline speculates that Soderbergh has begun to prefer the energy inherent in cable programming over the film world, from which he remains "retired." 'The Knick' could also be seen as an event series to strengthen Cinemax's brand rather than add to the crowded landscape of HBO, at which both Soderbergh and Clive Owen have recently featured in projects.
Well, what say you? Would you be interested to check out Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen's period take on 'The Knick,' likely set for production in the fall?