Steven Soderbergh has written Sex, Lies, and Videotape sequel in lockdown

Steven Soderbergh has written a sequel to his breakout movie Sex, Lies, and Videotape during the coronavirus lockdown. The Ocean’s Eleven filmmaker rose to prominence with his directorial debut, which went on to win the coveted Palme d’Or at the 1989 …

Steven Soderbergh has written a sequel to his breakout movie Sex, Lies, and Videotape during the coronavirus lockdown.

The Ocean’s Eleven filmmaker rose to prominence with his directorial debut, which went on to win the coveted Palme d’Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival and earned him a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination.

During an appearance on Flaviar’s NightCap Live on Tuesday, the director revealed he has been keeping busy during lockdown by writing scripts, including a sequel to the 1989 movie, which he hopes to make.

“During the lockdown, I’ve done more sustained writing than I’ve done since the summer of 1985,” he said, according to Collider. “When the lockdown happened here in New York, in order to stay organised and sane, I decided I’m gonna write. I’ve gotta go back to writing. So, within the first six or seven weeks of the lockdown, I finished three screenplays. One of them was a rewrite, one of them was an original, and one was an adaptation of a novel that I’ve been wanting to do. The original was a sequel to Sex, Lies, and Videotape. It was an idea that had been circling for a while, and I felt like I came up with the way to get back in, and so I wrote it, and I wanna make it.”

Soderbergh, who has since directed the likes of Erin Brockovich, Contagion, and Magic Mike, didn’t elaborate on plot details.

The original movie starred James Spader as a young man who videotapes women talking about their lives and sexuality as well as his impact on the relationships of a troubled married couple, played by Peter Gallagher and Andie MacDowell, and the wife’s younger sister, portrayed by Laura San Giacomo.

Soderbergh’s 2002 film Full Frontal is considered a spiritual sequel to Sex, Lies, and Videotape, even though it didn’t feature any of the original cast or characters.

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Sandra Bullock thankful for George Clooney’s Ocean’s 8 support

Sandra Bullock was touched to have the blessing of her Gravity co-star George Clooney for her new all-female Ocean’s Eleven spin-off. Clooney led the star-studded cast of the 2001 crime thriller and its two sequels as smooth conman Danny Ocean, and in…

Sandra Bullock was touched to have the blessing of her Gravity co-star George Clooney for her new all-female Ocean’s Eleven spin-off.

Clooney led the star-studded cast of the 2001 crime thriller and its two sequels as smooth conman Danny Ocean, and in Ocean’s 8, Bullock portrays his onscreen sister, who puts together her own team of criminals to pull off a big jewellery heist.

The Oscar winner reached out to her old pal as the franchise spin-off was being developed to secure George’s approval.

Joking about their conversation, Sandra told breakfast show Today, “He said, ‘Don’t take my franchise!’ I said, ‘I’m taking it, and I’m running it!'”

Getting serious, she explained Clooney couldn’t have been more supportive of the project, because he knew how much fun he had had working on the Ocean’s trilogy with the likes of Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy Garcia, and Julia Roberts, who played his ex-wife.

“The nice thing about George is that he’s just happy when anything works,” Sandra shared. “He wanted the same connections, the same memories that were made for them for us as well, I think.”

Bullock features in Ocean’s 8 alongside Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, and Awkwafina, and she is hoping critics will be kinder to the new release than they were to the last big all-female blockbuster – 2016’s Ghostbusters revamp, starring Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and her The Heat co-star Melissa McCarthy.

“That was unfair on a level that I can’t even not be mad about talking about,” Bullock told Variety at the Ocean’s 8 New York City premiere earlier this week. “They literally walked into a firing squad…”

“Let’s back off the meanness,” she continued. “Let’s have a year of kindness. The women are here – we’re not going anywhere.”

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