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Friday 25 April 2014

Steven Soderbergh quitting movies

Steven Soderbergh wants to become a painter, according to reports

Steven Soderbergh has confirmed he is planning to retire from the movie business to focus on painting.

The Ocean's Eleven director revealed his plans to The New York Times while speaking in his painting studio about his new film Contagion, a disaster movie with an all-star cast.

He said: "I'm interested in exploring another art form while I have the time and ability to do so."

The director added: "I'll be the first person to say if I can't be any good at it and run out of money I'll be back making another Ocean's movie."

The 48-year-old filmmaker first announced his desire to leave Hollywood in a 2009 interview with Esquire.

He said: "I'm 45 now. When I turn 51, that'll be 25 years. And that's a lot of time to do one thing. And it'll be, like, 30 movies. And that's enough. I don't want to have that falloff. I want to go out with Abbey Road."

Matt Damon, who stars in Contagion, told the Los Angeles Times in January: "He wants to paint and he says he's still young enough to have another career. He's kind of exhausted with everything that interested him in terms of form."

But at Comic Con in July, Soderbergh laughed off the comments, saying: "Matt Damon is apparently as discreet as a 14-year-old girl.

"I had this drunk conversation with him while shooting Contagion. Nobody in this economy wants to hear about someone quitting a good job. That kind of got blown out of proportion."

Soderbergh still has several films in the pipeline including Channing Tatum's stripper film Magic Mike, a Liberace biopic starring Matt and Michael Douglas and a film adaptation of The Man from UNCLE which George Clooney has reportedly dropped out of.

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