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Soderbergh: Expect reduced role for studios
By Stuart Kemp
(Yahoo News, February 9, 2001)

Director Steven Soderbergh said Thursday that the global film industry is likely to see a dramatic change in the role of the Hollywood studios during the next five years.

Speaking at a packed news conference to herald his film Traffic, which is screening in competition at the 51st Berlin International Film Festival, Soderbergh said he believes the studios are set to stop being production centers.

"In the States, the movie business over the next five years is going to change a lot - independents and studios alike," Soderbergh said. "I think the studio system is going to slowly drift away. It will end up with people just using the studio as a distribution apparatus rather than a development and production center."

Soderbergh also said he believes independents will have to change their methods of moviemaking, with the use of digital technologies becoming increasingly important.

"With digital downloads available as a distribution method, independents could eventually cut out the studios completely," he said. "I can phone up an independent theater chain now and say, 'Hey, I'm downloading my movie; do you want it?'"

The director also talked about his upcoming project, Oceanís Eleven, a remake of the 1960 film that featured the Rat Pack. His cast includes George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Don Cheadle and Alan Arkin.

"The film I start shooting on Sunday has no social values at all, and that is deliberate after Traffic and Erin Brockovich," he said. "I don't have a list of issues I want to make films about. It's a pretty radical re-imagining of the original. It's a heist film."

Soderbergh also has taken an executive producer role on Insomnia, the upcoming feature from rising director Christopher Nolan (Memento).

"I called Warner Bros. [where Soderbergh and Clooney's Section 8 production company is based] and said, 'I really think you should hire this guy to do (Insomnia)'; I pushed hard," Soderbergh said. "Then, they asked if I wanted to come on board as a producer, and I said yes."

 


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