Young adult fantasy novels and the director of 'Traffic' and the upcoming 'Contagion' don't seem like an obvious mix, but turns out Soderbergh is good friends with 'Hunger Games' director Gary Ross.
The Oscar winner's presence wasn't a secret for long: "Soderbergh in the house this weekend!!! very exciting!" tweeted production designer Eddie Mills, while set electrician Chrys Blackstone posted, "Holy sh*t! Just found out that Steven Soderbergh is coming to the #hungergames to direct 2nd Unit. I am so excited, this is getting good!"
IndieWire's The Playlist confirmed that it's all true: Soderbergh produced Ross's 'Pleasantville,' and Ross often takes a look at Soderbergh's scripts.
Why tap Soderbergh? He's known for working impossibly quickly. Matt Damon recently shared that during the 'Contagion' shoot, Soderbergh would have the day's shoot edited in about 20 minutes after filming wrapped. "'OK,' he'd say, pull his headphones off and turn the computer around and show us, right there, what we'd shot that day and how it would look on the big screen when the movie comes out. That fast. He's a freak," Damon said.
With 'Hunger Games' due in theaters in just seven months (March 23, 2012), getting someone that swift on board is smart thinking.
As for Soderbergh, there's no sign of his supposed retirement yet. Next month is the world premiere of 'Contagion' in Venice, then he'll shoot 'Magic Mike' with Channing Tatum as a male stripper and sometime after that, the Liberace biopic with Damon and Michael Douglas, not to mention his thriller 'Haywire,' which opens next January.
Does having Soderbergh on board make you more excited to see 'The Hunger Games?'
[via The Playlist]