Steven Soderbergh Lied — He’s Still Directing, and He’s Doing a TV Show with Clive Owen

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Remember that couple you were friends with through high school — the ones who’d break up every month and swear, with alcohol-infused fury, that they’d never get back together? That’s pretty much what’s going on with Steven Soderbergh and his toxic love, directing. No matter how many times the filmmaker promises he’s out of the game, he finds himself back behind the camera. After the Cannes premiere of Soderbergh’s so-called last hurrah, Behind the Candelabra, he has reportedly announced (via Deadline) that he will be directing a television show for Cinemax: a 10-episode drama titled The Knick, set to star Clive Owen.

Soderbergh’s next venture (which, for all we know, could be the start of a long lasting television career) will take place at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital circa the beginning of the 20th century. Although Candelabra, Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic, is an HBO film, this will be his first real foray with small screen directing — an exciting prospect considering the auteur’s versatile originality.

So yes, he’s kind of a liar, but in the best way possible. 

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Staff editor Michael Arbeiter’s natural state of being can best be described as “mild panic attack.” His earliest memories of growing up in Queens, New York, involve nighttime conversations with a voice from his bedroom wall (the jury’s still out on what that was all about) and a love for classic television that spawned from the very first time he was allowed to watch “The Munsters.” Attending college at SUNY Binghamton, a 20-year-old Michael learned two things: that he could center his future on this love for TV and movies, and that dragons never actually existed — he was kind of late in the game on that one.