Steven Soderbergh is working with the screenwriter Scott Burns of "Contagion" on a "philosophical" sequel to their pandemic film.
"Contagion" may be nine years old, but Steven Soderbergh's well-received pandemic thriller became one of the most talked about movies of 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic broke out in the United States.
Soderbergh recently announced in an interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that he is working on a "philosophical" sequel to "Contagion" with Scott Burns, who wrote the film in 2011. The project appears to be in its early stages and is unlikely to be a direct sequel to Contagion, but Soderbergh noted that it could touch on similar themes and ideas.
"I have a project under development that Scott Burns is working on with me. It's kind of a philosophical sequel to Contagion, but in a different context," said Soderbergh. “You're going to think of the two as paired but very different hair colors. So Scott and I had talked about it,“ So what's the next iteration of a contagion-type story? ”We've been working on it. We should probably do it a bit make it hot. "
"Contagion" revolved around a fictional US virus outbreak, the chaos that resulted, and the government's attempts to deal with the situation. The plot of "Contagion" contained more than a few parallels to the real coronavirus pandemic, which led to the film's rapid popularity at the beginning of the year. "Contagion" saw a surge in views from FandangoNOW and iTunes shortly after the pandemic began in the US.
Soderbergh and the cast of "Contagion" have shared their thoughts on the coronavirus over the past few months. Soderbergh, who said he was amazed at the United States' response to the pandemic earlier this year, chaired a Director & # 39; s Guild of America committee on safe filming practices in April. Contagion cast members such as Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Ehle recorded safety PPE earlier this year, while Ian Lipkin, who was a medical advisor for Contagion, discussed the dangers of the pandemic after contracting the coronavirus in March.
Soderbergh's full interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, which also included "James Bond" bites and the director's thoughts on filming during the coronavirus pandemic, can be heard here.