Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, Contagion, has quickly garnered quite a cast and now has a buyer in Warner Bros. to help bring the quickly-spreading film to life, according to Deadline. The film was in a bidding war, with Summit Entertainment (Twilight) falling short, and Warner will be helped by Participant Media, who is co-financing the $60 million budget. The eclectic cast already assembled seems to continue to grow, as it was announced yesterday that Gwyneth Paltrow would join Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, and Jude Law.
If Soderbergh and that cast alone doesn’t grab your attention, join me after the break to see why the film brings screenplay writing chops to the table as well.
The film is scripted by Scott Z. Burns, who has screenplay credits for the criminally unseen and delightful The Informant! and has delved into action with The Bourne Ultimatum. If you don’t already know, The Informant! linked him with Soderbergh and Damon, while the Jason Bourne series has long featured Damon in the lead role. The film is based around the miscommunication surrounding a deadly viral outbreak, and follows in the footsteps of The Andromeda Strain and the monkey-lovin’ Outbreak.
I’ll admit that I am a recent Soderbergh fan, having thoroughly enjoyed his award-winning Traffic and falling in love with the incredibly smart and funny The Informant! last year. Add in an incredible cast and a solid screenplay writer who essentially made Soderbergh drop almost everything (save for the currently filming Knockout) to jump aboard this project and it has generated an understandable amount of interest.