Stephen Soderbergh is engaged on a “philosophical” sequel to his 2011 pandemic-themed thriller Contagion.
Talking with Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Soderbergh revealed he’s working with Contagion screenwriter Scott Z. Burns on a brand new film that revisits the themes of the 2011 film.
“I’ve acquired a challenge in improvement that Scott Burns is working with me on, that’s a type of philosophical sequel to Contagion, however in a distinct context,” he mentioned.
“You’ll type of have a look at the 2 of them as type of paired, however very totally different hair colors,” added. “So, Scott and I had been speaking about, ‘So, what’s the following iteration of a Contagion-type story?’ We’ve got been engaged on that; we must always in all probability hot-foot it somewhat bit.”
Contagion screenwriter Burns opened up about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic earlier this yr. Talking to Slate concerning the rise in viewings of Contagion within the wake of the worldwide pandemic, Burns was requested concerning the plot of his movie “kind of coming true in actual time”.
He mentioned: “It has been very unusual to me, whether or not on social media or in conversations with buddies, that individuals will say to me, ‘That is uncanny how comparable it’s.’ And I don’t discover it to be that stunning, as a result of the scientists I spoke to, and there have been quite a lot of them, all mentioned that this was a matter of when, not if.”
In the meantime, again in March, Contagion stars Matt Damon and Kate Winslet appeared in a series of videos to assist share well being details about the pandemic.
The movies, made along side scientists from the Columbia College Mailman Faculty of Public Well being, have been filmed within the actors’ properties and directed by Soderbergh and produced by Burns.