Soderbergh says tired of making "important movies"

Tue Jun 26, 2012 8:04am EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The six-month countdown is on for Steven Soderbergh's self-imposed sabbatical from movie-making, so what is the Oscar-winning director going to do with all that time?

A book is in the works, Soderbergh said, and he might take his talents to TV or even the stage. One thing is for certain, he has tired of making what he called "important movies."

"I've been planning this for five years ... I gave myself an out date and I'm right on schedule. I turn into a pumpkin in January," Soderbergh told Reuters ahead of Friday's debut of his male-stripper movie "Magic Mike," starring Channing Tatum.

Soderbergh, who won an Oscar for directing 2000 drama "Traffic" and broke onto Hollywood's map with 1989 independent film "sex, lies, and videotape," said he decided to take the sabbatical after making "Che" about Argentinian revolutionary Che Guevara starring Benicio Del Toro.

He also vowed after that movie's "tough" shoot to work only projects that would be "fun."

"I definitely felt like I didn't have the desire to consciously make something that would be viewed as 'important,'" said Soderbergh. "('Che') totally carved that out of my system. I don't want to make any more important movies."

After "Magic Mike," Soderbergh will finish off his existing projects: thriller "The Bitter Pill" with Tatum and Rooney Mara and the HBO film Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra" that begins shooting this summer with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.

"After I take my self-imposed sabbatical, if I'm going to come back and do something, I think it's more likely that it would be on television than it would be a movie," he said.   Continued...

Director Steven Soderbergh speaks during a news conference to promote the movie "Haywire" at the 62nd Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin February 15, 2012. REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen