Steven Soderbergh denies retirement

'Oceans 11' and 'Erin Brokovich' director just taking sabbatical

Steven Soderbergh, the Oscar-winning director of Traffic, has revealed he will not be retiring from film making after all.

Speaking at the Venice Film Festival ahead of the premiere of his latest film, Contagion, Soderbergh told reporters:

I feel I need to recalibrate, so I can discover something new. It’s less dramatic that it sounds – it’s just a sabbatical.

The director, who has hinted that movie-making wasn’t fulfilling him as it once did, has spoken of his desire to become a painter.

Soderbergh, who shot to fame as the youngest recipient of the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his debut, sex, lies and videotape, is currently working on three more films before his break.


The films on the director’s list include a biopic of Liberace, with Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, Magic Mike a film about actor Channing Tatum‘s experience as a stripper and the big screen version of The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

The latter was set to star George Clooney but it was revealed last week the actor had pulled out of the film.

Soderbergh currently has two films ready for show, including Contagion to be released in the UK on October 21, and Haywire, due out January 20, 2012.