Steven Soderbergh, having seemingly been creatively inspired by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, is currently working on what he has described as a “philosophical” sequel to his 2011 thriller film Contagion.
Given the current climate and the plight that the world finds itself in amid the current health crisis, Soderbergh’s pandemic theme film Contagion has once again gained prominence given its stark depiction of the current reality.
The original film, which starred the likes of Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law and more, follows the story of Beth Emhoff who returns to Minnesota from a Hong Kong business trip and begins to fall unwell. “However, two days later, Beth is dead, and doctors tell her shocked husband that they have no idea what killed her,” the synopsis reads. “Soon, many others start to exhibit the same symptoms, and a global pandemic explodes. Doctors try to contain the lethal microbe, but society begins to collapse as a blogger fans the flames of paranoia.”
Given the similarities to the current COVID-19 pandemic, fans of the film have been returning to Contagion on mass, revisiting one of Soderbergh’s greatest achievements during a time of self-isolation and quarantine. Now, given its comeback, the director has revealed plans to create a sequel to accompany the project.
“I’ve got a project in development that Scott Burns is working with me on, that’s a kind of philosophical sequel to Contagion, but in a different context,” Soderbergh said while speaking with Josh Horowitz on the Happy Sad Confused podcast.
“You’ll kind of look at the two of them as kind of paired, but very different hair colours,” he added. “So, Scott and I had been talking about, ‘So, what’s the next iteration of a Contagion-type story?’ We have been working on that; we should probably hot-foot it a little bit.”
Meanwhile, screenwriter Scott Burns himself has opened up about the bizarre similarities between Contagion and the current coronavirus pandemic, stating: “It has been very strange to me, whether on social media or in conversations with friends, that people will say to me, ‘This is uncanny how similar it is.’ And I don’t find it to be that surprising, because the scientists I spoke to, and there were a lot of them, all said that this was a matter of when, not if.”
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