So much for retirement. Much has been made over the past year or so about the fact that filmmaker Steven Soderbergh would be taking a self-imposed hiatus from directing after the release of his Liberace film Behind the Candelabra. While Candelabra premieres on HBO this Sunday, it appears that Soderbergh is already coming out of “retirement” to direct a new TV series for Cinemax. The filmmaker will helm 10 episodes of a period series called The Knick, which will star Clive Owen and takes place in New York in 1900. Hit the jump for more.
While some may see this move as Soderbergh reneging on his retirement comments, technically he’s not going back to directing feature films. Apparently his plan is to stay out of the feature game for a while. Regardless, Soderbergh can do whatever the hell he wants; if his artistic voice is coming back to the public in any way, I’m not complaining.
Deadline reports that Soderbergh is in talks to board the TV series The Knight. Cinemax has given a 10-episode commitment to the series, and Soderbergh will be directing all of the episodes himself. The series takes place in downtown New York in 1900 and centers on “the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff at Knickerbocker Hospital, who are pushing the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics.” Clive Owen will star, and Jack Amiel and Michael Begler (Big Miracle) are onboard as writers/executive producers.
This isn’t Soderbergh’s first foray into television, as he also helmed and produced the HBO political series K-Street. This marks a major get for Cinemax, which has been expanding its original content as of late. The premium network debuted its original series Banshee, from True Blood creator Alan Ball, to positive reviews late last year, and production on The Knick is expected to get underway this fall. David Fincher’s successful experience on House of Cards was no doubt an influence on Soderbergh’s decision to get back into television, as the two are close friends. Here’s hoping The Knick is as fruitful and exciting as it promises to be.