September 24, 2015 at 3:39 pm #362769
After he finishes editing the second season of The Knick for HBO subsidiary network Cinemax, Steven Soderbergh is heading to Utah in October to direct the HBO Film Mosaic with a budget of over ten million in the state. Starring Sharon Stone and Garrett Hedlund, it is written by Ed Solomon and produced by Casey Silver and Joseph Reidy.
The film will allow viewers to decide where the story goes and how it ends with Soderbergh filming multiple versions of scenes and having apparently worked with Silver for five years to develop the film’s own app.
“I believe the good people at HBO are genuinely enthusiastic about Mosaic for two reasons: first, it represents a fresh way of experiencing a story and sharing that experience with others; second, it will require a new Emmy category and we will be the only eligible nominee,” said Soderbergh in a statement. That is cute, but I think that it will actually just be dually eligible for Outstanding Movie and Outstanding Interactive Program, like all of the nominees from the latter category this year. Additionally, there is the area award for Social TV Experience.September 24, 2015 at 3:58 pm #362771
I’m not really sure how he’s going to make a “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure” television show. It seems somewhat impossible, since television isn’t really interactive.September 24, 2015 at 4:09 pm #362772
This sounds like a cool idea. If it works we might have a new trend.September 24, 2015 at 6:08 pm #362773
His retirement is going well it looks likeSeptember 24, 2015 at 9:29 pm #362774
His retirement was technically just from feature films.September 25, 2015 at 5:42 am #362775
Sharon Stone!April 2, 2016 at 1:09 pm #661648
Day 1 of 29 on Mosaic (shooting phase A).
For example, once the second season of The Knick was completely in the
can in late August, the director jumped immediately to a new project:
the HBO movie Mosaic. But there’s been confusion around
the project, which was erroneously described upon its announcement as a
choose-your-own-adventure-style movie in which web apps and new
technology would be part of the viewing experience.
When I asked if Mosaic is a movie, the director responded with, “well,
sort of,” and remained a little distant with details. And perhaps this
is because the idea is abstract. “It’s going to be very confusing for
people until they see it,” Soderbergh said. “It’s something I’ve been
working on in the background for three-and-a-half years and that I’m
really excited about.”
The director added the project will
probably drop early 2017 and that it’s apparently half-shot. On top of
the already announced Sharon Stone and Garrett Hedlund, we learned that Mosaic also stars Devin Ratray, Jennifer Ferrin, Maya Kazan and Jeremy Bobb from The Knick, plus Paul Reubens and Beau Bridges, among others. “If it works, if it works for the audience, it’s a way of doing things
that I think has enormous potential for people who think a certain way.
In a way, I’m very conscious of the fact that this is the first
iteration of it,” he said, noting that if it catches on, other
filmmakers can push the technology forward. “I can already see its
potential and I know I’m making a cave painting but it’s exciting at the
same time because it’s like, ‘Oh, man, some friends of mine that I know
when they get their hands on this are going to do some crazy shit’.”
Soderbergh wouldn’t talk plot details, but conceded the notion that it’s
trying to push narrative forward. “That’s the idea,” he said. “It’s not
a technical idea that we’re now trying to put a story on top of. It
grew out of an interest in trying to push storytelling in a different
direction and coming up with technology that allows us to do it. It all
originated from people who were thinking about story—the hope is the
experience of it will be very organic and not technical.”
Part of Soderbergh’s TV plan is to rattle some format norms. Shooting recently wrapped on his HBO project Mosaic, in which the story will play out on multiple platforms. Though the director is still tight-lipped about the series, which stars Sharon Stone, he says press descriptions of it as a “choose-your-own-adventure” concept were inaccurate. “You won’t be altering the outcome as you go through it—it’s a fixed universe,” he says. “But the way you navigate it is what makes it different than a traditional linear narrative.”April 3, 2016 at 2:23 pm #661804
I remember hearing about this a while back – thanks for the update!
I think the Knick was tragically underrated so I am really excited to see what this next project turns out like.April 3, 2016 at 6:53 pm #661858
Do not give up hope on The Knick yet! Steven Soderbergh now says that he will be staying on as director and hopes to make six seasons in total.April 4, 2016 at 8:57 am #661928
Do not give up hope on The Knick yet! Steven Soderbergh now says that he will be staying on as director and hopes to make six seasons in total.
WHAT?! I definitely hadn’t heard that. I was hearing rumblings of a potential two-season block with a new director steering the ship (and, presumably, sans Owen) but I hadn’t heard anything about Soderbergh staying on. The Knick is one of the most beautifully made if not the most beautiful show on television so this would be very exciting.
Damn, Soderbergh is really killing it on TV lately. The Girlfriend Experience also looks pretty intriguing and is currently at an 80 on metacritic (with four reviews, but still). Probably too raunchy and under the radar to make any sort of impact at the Emmys but who knows. To my knowledge he is not actually directing any episodes of that one but is just producing.April 4, 2016 at 9:52 pm #662095
Looks like I messed up the link above to the article in The Wall Street Journal, which contains the relevant quotes about the future of The Knick.April 5, 2016 at 8:02 am #662158
Looks like I messed up the link above to the article in The Wall Street Journal, which contains the relevant quotes about the future of The Knick.
!!! Thanks for the link Riley! Ahh that is so exciting – of course who knows if it’s financially viable for Cinemax to commit to four more seasons but considering it seems to be attempting to make a play as a new “prestigy-y” destination it may be worth it for them. I mean, waht else do they have? Aren’t Banshee and Strike Back ending after this season?