Steven Soderbergh has detailed his forthcoming new film, No Sudden Move, a project which has been significantly delayed by the coronavirus pandemic which has wreaked havoc through the film industry.
The film, which was previously named Kill Switch, marks a return to the fold for Oscar-winner Soderbergh after a 12-month break following his previous efforts. The project is to be produced by Casey Silver and written by Ed Solomon.
The film, which is to be set in 1955 Detroit, “centres on a group of small-time criminals who are hired to steal what they think is a simple document,” a synopsis reads. “When their plan goes horribly wrong, their search for who hired them – and for what ultimate purpose – weaves them through all echelons of the race-torn, rapidly changing city,” it adds.
While filming began around two weeks before the coronavirus pandemic took hold, Soderbergh has announced his intention to return to Detroit to restart filming “the minute that it is safe” to do so. “The last time I shot a movie in Detroit with a great script and a great cast things worked out really well, so I’m very excited behind my mask right now,” said Soderbergh in a statement.
The director has also confirmed that his new film is bursting with a host of high profile names, the likes of Benicio Del Toro, David Harbour, Amy Seimetz, Jon Hamm, Ray Liotta, Don Cheadle, Kieran Culkin, Bill Duke, Brendan Fraser and more all confirmed to be working with Soderbergh.
“‘No Sudden Move’ is, at its core, quintessentially Detroit. We are very excited to be able to return to Michigan and begin production,” Casey Silver, the producer of the project added in a statement. “There’s no other city where this story could or should be filmed.”
The return to production on the film has been approved by HBO Max and Warner Bros. Pictures but both have implemented strict COVID-19 safety protocols in order to keep cast and crew safe. The companies insisted that the “first priority is the health and safety of employees, production partners, cast and crew.”