Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh has announced his plan to retire from filmmaking.
He has said that after his next two movies, Liberace with Matt Damon and a The Man From U.N.C.L.E. remake with George Clooney, he will step aside.
Soderbergh, who on the Best Director Oscar in 2001 for Traffic, gave his reasons in an interview with Studio 360.
“When you reach the point where you’re like, ‘If I have to get into a van to do another scout I’m going to shoot myself’, it’s time to let somebody else who’s still excited about getting in the can, get in the van,” he said.
He added: “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.”
Soderbergh also said that he has become nervous of repeating himself. “It’s just a sense of having been there before,” he explained. “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 very seriously about a shift.”
Of his two remaining projects, Soderbergh concluded: “That’s a great way to sort of step off.”