Steven Soderbergh Has One More Che Guevara Movie in Mind
Although most moviegoers haven't even had the chance to see either of Steven Soderbergh's two Che Guevara films yet, we've already started to talk about ideas beyond both of them. The Argentine focuses on Guevara's revolution in Cuba in 1956, and Guerrilla focuses on his attempted revolution in Bolivia in 1967 and eventual death. However, none of Guevara's escapades in the Congo, Venezuela or Mexico were documented in either of the films. So when an attendee at the NYFF Q&A asked Soderbergh about Che's African expedition, his answer was jokingly "well, if this film makes $100 million dollars, I'll make the third one." We all know that won't happen, but the bigger question is if there is really a need for a third movie?
This intriguing story comes to us today from our friends at The Playlist, who were in attendance at the Q&A. Before we even get to that, however, let's recap with a statement that Soderbergh made during Cannes. "Even though we've made two parts we still haven't shown everything. There's actually another movie, I think, to be made about what happens between these two parts but we didn't have enough money." That makes a lot of sense, so let's here what Soderbergh had to say at this recent Q&A.
"We (writer Peter Buchman and I) talked about [the third film]. The story of Che in the Congo was absolutely fascinating. We actually sort of sketched an idea for a small film, that would take place in the Congo and Prague, where he went after fighting in the Congo to sort of lick his wounds and write a very self-critical book on what happened [there]."
That sounds like it's worthy of being retold on film, so why didn't they shoot that, too? "The [real] answer is that we didn't have enough money to do that. Also, it's a fascinating chapter, but it didn't really fall into the bookend idea we ended up with." So if these films continue to gain buzz and by some miracle make $100 million, we might eventually see another Che Guevara film about his expedition in the Congo. However, that seems highly unlikely and I think the most we'll ever see are these two. Considering they're both exhaustingly intimate portraits of Guevara, I think we'll have seen enough of the man. He's undoubtedly a brilliant person, but on film there's only so much of his story that can be told before audiences lose interest.