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Thursday 25 December 2014

Owen to star in Soderbergh show

Clive Owen might star in Steven Soderbergh's new series
Clive Owen might star in Steven Soderbergh's new series

Clive Owen is in talks to star in a new TV series directed by Steven Soderbergh.

The Traffic director has just announced he is retiring from filmmaking with his final film, Behind The Candelabra starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, premiering at the Cannes Film Festival and about to air on HBO in the US this week.

But Soderbergh is now moving onto the small screen with period medical drama The Knick, starring Clive, Deadline.com reports

Set in downtown New York in 1900, the series centres around the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff at Knickerbocker Hospital, who are pushing the boundaries of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics.

Clive and Soderbergh are also executive producers on the project.

In an interview at Cannes, Soderbergh admitted his decision to retire from big screen filmmaking was partly to do with a frustration at Hollywood studios and their control of the industry.

His Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra was made with cable company HBO for TV after all the major Hollywood studios passed on the project.

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