Filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has been "retired" from directing features since 2013, after he made the thriller Side Effects and the HBO TV movie Behind the Candelabra. Last night, reports from Variety and Deadline surfaced that claimed the filmmaker is coming out of his film directorial retirement with a project entitled Lucky Logan, which reportedly has Channing Tatum and Michael Shannon attached to star.
The original Variety story claimed that the project was actually titled Hillbilly Heist, and that Channing Tatum is starring with Matt Damon. That report was updated/corrected after Deadline revealed that the movie is actually called Lucky Logan, and that the two leads are actually Channing Tatum and Michael Shannon. Regardless of the title and the lead actors, no story details have surfaced, and it isn't known who wrote the screenplay. Variety's sources claim that the director recently got his hands on the screenplay and quickly fell in love with the premise.
Gregory Jacobs (Magic Mike XXL) and Mark Johnson (Secret in Their Eyes) are producing, with Glen Basner selling the foreign rights to this project, which is being shopped around to studios this week. Sources claim there is interest from Warner Bros. Sony and 20th Century Fox are lining up to acquire this project as well, with a deal expected to be in place by the end of the week. Production is expected to begin this fall, although it isn't known where shooting may take place.
While Steven Soderbergh may certainly have "retired" from the film business, he certainly has been keeping busy on the small screen. The filmmaker has directed all 20 episodes of The Knick, a show which he also serves as an executive producer. He has also served as director of photography on all of those episodes throughout the first two seasons, and he also served as the director of photography and producer on last summer's Magic Mike XXL. The filmmaker also serves as executive producer on shows such as Amazon's Red Oaks and Starz's upcoming The Girlfriend Experience.
After the news broke last night, Steven Soderbergh himself took to his unverified Twitter account to debunk the original Variety story, saying it wasn't true. If major studios are actually circling this mystery project, hopefully we'll find out more details soon. In the meantime, take a look at the filmmaker's tweets below.