According to the folks over at The Playlist, the script for Steven Soderbergh’s next pick — a deadly virus outbreak thriller called Contagion written by Scott Z. Burns — is good. So good in fact, that Soderbergh has set aside several other projects to get this one going in the fall. It is said to be a Traffic-esque thriller that takes place across four continents and is “terrifying.”

Terrifying or not, it will certainly have a great cast. According to The Playlist’s report, the likes of Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Marion Cotillard are all in the process of closing deals to star in the film. And now that he has the talent to back the project up, he will likely be able to find a company to co-finance the picture — which sounds like it will be a bit more expensive than many of his other films. It’s a bit more complex than a story of corporate espionage buffoonery (The Informant!) or a high class call girl (The Girlfriend Experience), and sounds a bit like Traffic meets 28 Days Later, but we’ll see. I’d be interested in reading that script.

As for Soderbergh’s other high-profile project, Liberace, that will just have to wait. According to The Playlist (who seems to have a solid inside track on Soderbergh’s upcoming stuff), Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are still on board, but Contagion is simply more timely. It also sounds like a much cooler project, if you ask me.


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