With the pedigree of Oscar winning director Steven Soderbergh, Oscar winning actors Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, and Oscar nominated screenwriter Richard LaGravenese I thought this film was a surefire Oscar contender. I am quite surprised it was acquired by HBO and will make a cable debut.
A long-in-the-works movie about Liberace from director Steven Soderbergh has found a home: HBO.
The cable channel announced Tuesday (Oct. 11) that it will air “Behind the Candelabra,” which will star Michael Douglas as the famed pianist and showman and Matt Damon as Scott Thorson, his assistant/lover whose 1982 palimony suit publicly outed Liberace.
Soderbergh and Damon — who recently worked together on “Contagion” — have been talking about the film on and off for the past couple of years, but it hadn’t completely come together until now. Filming of Richard LaGravenese‘s (“Water for Elephants,” “The Horse Whisperer”) script is scheduled to begin next summer. A premiere date hasn’t been set.
“I’ve wanted to make a film about Liberace for a very long time, and after the amazing experience I had with HBO on ‘His Way,’ I knew that they were absolutely the right place for this movie,” says producer Jerry Weintraub, the subject of HBO’s documentary “His Way.” “I am thrilled that we have the incomparable Michael Douglas to inhabit the role of Liberace, as well as the exceptional Matt Damon to play the pivotal part of Scott Thorson. Putting these two fine actors in the creative hands of Steven Soderbergh – it doesn’t get better than that.
Sad to say, but this doesn’t belong in the movies thread, but rather TV.
This is another sign that within a few years most of the interesting and vital American directors will be working for cable or possibly VOD venues, not theatrical movies.