Steven Soderbergh plans to retire from filmmaking

Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:00am EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Steven Soderbergh says he's done with Hollywood.

The Oscar-winning director -- whose credits include "Traffic," "Erin Brockovich" and "Ocean's Eleven" and its two sequels -- said in an interview with "Studio 360's" Kurt Andersen that after he shoots his next two movies he's planning to retire from filmmaking.

"When you reach the point where you're, like, 'if I have to get into a van to do anther scout I'm just going to shoot myself,' it's time to let somebody else who's still excited about getting in the van, get in the van," Soderbergh, 48, he said in the interview that aired Friday on "Studio 360."

"And so it's just time. For the last three years, I've been turning down everything that comes my way, so you're not going to have Steven Soderbergh to kick around anymore," he quipped.

Soderbergh said he's got two more movies to shoot -- "Liberace," starring Damon and Michael Douglas, and "Man From U.N.C.L.E.," starring George Clooney -- and then he's going to call it quits.

"That's a great way to sort of step off," he said.