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Soderbergh Catches 'Contagion' with Damon, Winslet & More

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February 8, 2010

Matt Damon / Steven Soderbergh

Despite the fact that Steven Soderbergh is currently hard at work on the action thriller Knockout, he's already lining up quite the cast for his next project. Last we heard his next was supposed to be the biopic about pianist Liberace with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Now Deadline Hollywood (& The Playlist) are reporting that he's keeping Damon around, adding Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and Jude Law, and trading in the biopic for the action thriller Contagion, focused on the worst-case scenario involving a deadly virus. Shooting will start later this year for a 2011 debut, though they don't have a distributor yet.

The deadly virus story has been seen before in several iterations of The Andromeda Strain, and Wolfgang Petersen's Outbreak. But with this cast and Soderbergh getting back into action thrillers (with two films no less) this concept feels fresh. It also helps that Scott Z. Burns (The Informant!, The Bourne Ultimatum) wrote a script that is supposed to play like Traffic meets Bourne. Personally, I can't wait to see Soderbergh do something more exciting. After the sparsely seen four hour Che saga, his very independent The Girlfriend Experience, and the low-key, though quality comedy The Informant!, I want to see him get back to action.

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  • People's Champ 3D
    Not ever was a fan of the guy (gal) but I wanna see how that Liberace flick goes. Contagion is sounding pretty good, the cast is shaping up nicely.
  • Xerxex
    Sounds good. Soderbergh and Damon always deliver. I'm really hoping that Knockout will be good, would love to see Gina Carano succeed in the acting game.
  • movie fan
    viruses remind me of carriers and the crazies
  • Mony
    Great Casting, but I need to know more on the synopsis of this film before I make an opinion
  • Corran Horn
    Shame that the Liberace film is on hold, but this sounds just as good. Is it just me, or is Marion Cotillard one lucky actress? With this, she will have starred alongside some of THE most talented actors of our time (Depp, Day-Lewis, Di-Caprio, Gordon-Levitt, and now Damon). Glad to see that Soderbergh is still plugging away and is not yet ready to go quietly into that long sweet night (retirement, that is).

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