Steven Soderbergh is done with cinema. In a new interview with Vulture, the Magic Mike and Contagion director commented that feelings of frustration towards a "tyranny of narrative" is the reasoning for his decision to stop directing big screen films for the time being, and he's ready to focus on something new for now. In his own words:
"It’s a combination of wanting a change personally and of feeling like I’ve hit a wall in my development that I don’t know how to break through. The tyranny of narrative is beginning to frustrate me, or at least narrative as we’re currently defining it. I’m convinced there’s a new grammar out there somewhere. But that could just be my form of theism."
Does that mean no Magic Mike 2? Maybe. Soderbergh continued that he doesn't know what's in the future - "I still plan to direct - theater stuff, and I’d do a TV series if something great were to come along," - but it may very well turn out that he never makes another film again.
"If I’m going to solve this issue, it means annihilating everything that came before and starting from scratch. That means I have to go away, and I don’t know how long it’s going to take. And I also know you can’t force it. I love and respect filmmaking too much to continue to do it while feeling I’m running in place. That’s not a good feeling. And if it turns out I don’t make another one, I’m really happy with this last group of movies. I don’t want to be one of those people about whom people say, "Wow, he kind of fell off there at the end." That would be depressing."
You can check out the rest of Soderbergh's interview with Vulture here.
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