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Thursday 28 August 2014

Soderbergh swallows Bitter Pill

Steven Soderbergh is expected to take a break from film-making

Steven Soderbergh has apparently signed up to direct thriller The Bitter Pill.

The Contagion director recently dropped out of directing the new big screen adaptation of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and now The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog reports he has picked up The Bitter Pill, written by U.N.C.L.E. screenwriter Scott Z Burns.

All that's currently known about the film is that it's a thriller set in New York in the world of "psychopharmacology", the study of how drugs change behaviour.

Scott had planned to direct the film, but Steven has reportedly been a fan of the script for some time and persuaded his friend to let him take the helm.

Scott said the film, which "has a twist", deals with "people and their moods".

He added: "It's about how we as a society can't tolerate sadness and what that makes us vulnerable to."

Steven is now in talks with several big studios interested in making the film and a deal is expected to be reached soon.

The Traffic director is due to film his Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra, with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon next summer before he takes a sabbatical from film-making. So work on The Bitter Pill is expected to begin in the spring.

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