Steven Soderbergh To Quit Directing For Painting

Thursday, December 23 by

Joining the great ranks of Tony Bennett, Tony Curtis Paul McCartney, and that elephant that can paint elephants, Steven Soderbergh may retire from filmmaking to focus on his love of the palette. It seems that Che bombing and the creative differences on Moneyball have tarnished the director’s love for movie-making. Screen Junkies cub reporter Matt Damon says:

“He wants to paint and he says he’s still young enough to have another career,” Damon said. “He’s kind of exhausted with everything that interested him in terms of form. He’s not interested in telling stories. Cinema interested him in terms of form and that’s it.”

If he’s really spent, then Contagion or Liberace or Man From U.N.C.L.E may be our last chances to see a Soderbergh film. After that he’s just going to paint a series of portraits of George Clooney which will receive varying degrees of praise anyways. (LA Times)

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