Thankfully, it looks as though Steven Soderbergh’s on-again, off-again retirement from film – which reportedly commenced following the release of his last two films,Side Effects and HBO’s Behind the Candelabra (which was technically a television movie here in the States) – doesn’t extend to the Academy Award-winning director’s efforts in the increasingly appealing and crowded medium of television.
Naturally, one way of making a series stand out amongst the throngs of new prestige dramas dropping on cable and premium channels every few months is to fill them with recognizable and venerated names. In that regard, Cinemax has officially announced that it will be teaming with Soderbergh and Clive Owen to bring The Knick to its subscribers’ televisions sometime in 2014.
As reported by the network, Soderbergh will direct Owen in all ten episodes of the first season, which will begin production in New York this September. At present, there is little else to go on but the names of the series’ director, star and writers, but there’s no doubt that those names have already generated a great deal of attention and interest, so announcements rounding out the cast will likely be coming without much delay.
Having Soderbergh handle all 10 episodes sounds a lot like Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre, Sin Nombre) directing all 8 episodes of HBO’s upcoming True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. In fact, one has to wonder if this kind of singular directorial vision for an entire season of television will become more commonplace should one or both series take off and garner significant critical praise and/or astonishing ratings.
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