Three years ago, Ocean’s 11 and Traffic helmer Steven Soderbergh announced he was retiring as a movie director, with his last theatrical movie being Side Effects, followed by the TV film, Behind The Candelabra. However, it appears he may have been lured out of his semi-retirement, with Variety reporting that he’s attached to helm a movie called Lucky Logan, which Channing Tatum is attached to star in.
To be honest it’s not particularly shocking news, as not only did Soderbergh keep delaying his initial retirement by making more movies, but he’s still been heavily involved in the industry as a producer and cinematographer, as well as direcing numerous episodes of the TV series The Knick. The new film would reunite Steven with his Magic Mike star (indeed Soderbergh was also a Producer and the Director Of Photography for the sequel, even though he didn’t direct).
There’s no info on the plot of Lucky Logan, with Variety just saying that its “a mystery, but sources say Soderbergh recently got his hands on the script and quickly fell in love with the premise”. However, before we cheer Soderbergh’s return to feature film directing, the director himself has suggested that’s not what happening, heading to Twitter to say, ‘That Variety story is wrong. What a shock.’
That doesn’t mean he isn’t involved in some capacity, or that it’s not other aspects of the story he’s disputing, but it’s a bit early to say he’s definitely going to be in the director’s chair.