A comprehensive timeline of Steven Soderbergh’s retirement

Thursday September 20th 2012


July
Soderbergh lets slip in an interview with The Guardian that ‘I’ve got a list of stuff that I want to do – that I hope I can do – and once that’s all finished I may just disappear’.
September
Soderbergh tells Esquire he will stop directing when he turns 51, in 2015. “That’ll be 25 years. And that’s a lot of time to do one thing. That will have been like 30 movies. And that’s enough. I don’t want to have to falloff.”
November

December

January

December
Matt Damon tells the Los Angeles Times that Soderbergh’s exit from the film business is imminent. “He’s retiring, he’s been talking about it for years and it’s getting closer.”
January
Soderbergh tells an NFL podcast that he will make a maximum of two more movies after HaywireThe Man From U.N.C.L.E. and an as-yet-untitled Liberace biopic.
April
Deadline reports that Soderbergh has added Magic Mike to his to-do list.
June
Soderbergh tells Deadline that ‘by the time I finish with the series of projects I’m planning, it will be 26 or 27 films’ but that it’s not a retirement, merely ‘a sabbatical’ to pursue a career as a painter.
October

November
Indiewire report that Soderbergh has abandoned The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and will instead make The Bitter Pill, a psychological thriller starring Rooney Mara and Channing Tatum, which is later re-titled Side Effects.
January
Soderbergh tells Cinema Blend that he’ll be ‘done in a year’.
February

July

September
Soderbergh, now shooting his Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra, confirms to Le Monde that it will indeed be his last film, and that he’s hoping for a Cannes premiere.
February

May

Beyond
Who knows, maybe the painting won’t pan out.