Over two years ago, the filmmaker began talking about his upcoming exit from film, noting that he wants "to go out with 'Abbey Road'" rather than suffer a "falloff." The sentiment was repeated back in December, when Matt Damon noted that the director was still planning to retire at the age of 51.
But now the filmmaker himself is reasserting that it's time to move on, after completing his last two films with George Clooney and Matt Damon. With a seemingly unwavering commitment to the plan, it's clear that this isn't the typical random retirement whimsy that may or may not come true.
Soderbergh told Studio 360's Kurt Anderson (transcript via Hollywood Reporter):
"When you reach the point where you're like if I have to get into a van to do anther scout I'm just going to shoot myself, it's time to let somebody else who's still excited about getting in the van, get in the van. And so it's just time. For the last three years, I've been turning down everything that comes my way, so you're not going to have Steven Soderbergh to kick around anymore.
"When I started feeling like I've done this shot before, I've done a scene that's about this before, that's when I started thinking seriously about a shift. But also I don't want to leave you know, when you see those athletes hang on one or two seasons too long, it's kind of sad."
The two remaining pictures Soderbergh fans can bite into: 'Liberace' with Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, and 'Man from U.N.C.L.E.' with George Clooney.
The director thinks it's "a great way to sort of step off." Do you agree?