Steven Soderbergh: 'Apparently I Can't Be Trusted with a Sports Film'


Hardest working man in show business Steven Soderbergh is finally opening up about the one film that got away out of the roughly 8,512 he has made over the last year: Moneyball. You may remember Sony pulled the plug on the Brad Pitt baseball film in June, allegedly because Soderbergh planned to take things too far afield in an improvisational direction (though it's questionable whether Major League Baseball ever truly signed off on it). So is Soderbergh busy licking his wounds?

Not so much, he tells the Orlando Sentinel (after acknowledging that, quite unlike Bull Durham director Ron Shelton, he can be trusted with every genre of film besides a sports movie):

"There have been a couple of times in my career where I've been unceremoniously removed from projects. I don't waste a lot of energy on it. It doesn't get you anywhere. As soon as it became clear that there was no iteration of that movie that I was going to get to direct, I immediately started looking around for something else to do. I have a couple of other things in development that I had hoped to move up, but actor's schedules wouldn't allow it. But I have something I can get to after the first of the year, and I'm supposed to do my Liberace movie next summer. So my attitude when something like that happens is, 'What's next?' You can't dwell on it."

You certainly can't -- there's no time! Who can schedule this lengthy dwelling when Soderbergh still has to make the 3-D musical Cleo, his Liberace biopic, and a Spalding Gray movie over (roughly) the next 24 hours? Hurry, man. Hurry!