Soderbergh's Latest "Retirement" Project: The Knick
Well, there goes the retirement. Director Steven Soderbergh on Thursday confirmed a report that original appeared on Deadline.com back in May that he would direct all ten episodes of a series for Cinemax called The Knick. The Knick in the title is the Knickerbocker Hospital, one of New York City's principal hospitals around the turn of the century. (It has since been converted into an apartment building.) A news release distributed at the television critics' summer tour on Thursday said that the series will focus on he groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. The series will star Clive Owen. Early this year, Soderbergh said that he had decided to retire from film directing in order to paint. But shortly after his announcement, Guardian columnist Ben Child observed, Soderbergh's long goodbye has been playing out for at least three years, and he has been nothing if not prolific during that period.