Liberace Biopic with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon Goes to HBO
by Ethan Anderton
October 11, 2011
After being in development for years, it sounds like the long-gestating Liberace biopic from director Steven Soderbergh and starring Michael Douglas as the legendary entertainer and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson is finally moving forward.. In a press release, HBO Films has announced the acquisition of Behind the Candelabra, which will be produced by previous Soderbergh collaborators Jerry Weintraub and Gregory Jacobs as well as Susan Ekins and Richard LaGravenese. That means the film won't be headed to theaters, but HBO Films are consistently just as good as theatrical releases nowadays.
Production won't begin until next summer, but after being in development for so long, and Michael Douglas' brush with cancer, I'm just glad to have the project finally coming together. At the very least it will keep Soderbergh busy behind the camera for another year and away from retirement, and it'll be great to have Douglas making returning in a role that will likely snag him an Emmy nomination when the time comes. HBO Films productions of Temple Grandin and You Don't Know Jack received plenty of Emmy love, and Soderbergh says HBO is a great fit because, "From the inception of this project, we've had two priorities: getting it right creatively, and getting as many people as possible to see it." You can bet I'll be tuning in when the film hits the small screen.