Academy Award-winning filmmaker Steven Steven Soderbergh and WarnerMedia have closed a three-year overall deal for HBO and HBO Max.
The deal encompasses the creation of long-form and short-form content for both platforms. Shows will be exclusively distributed through HBO or HBO Max and films are under a first-look deal.
Under the contract, Soderbergh’s partnership with upcoming streamer HBO Max will expand beyond his project with the platform, “Let Them All Talk”. The feature stars Meryl Streep, Dianne Wiest, Gemma Chan, Candice Bergen, and Lucas Hedges. It follows the story of an author played by Streep who journeys with old friends to celebrate life and heal old wounds.
Let Them All Talk is set for a 2020 debut on the streamer.
Speaking to Deadline about the matter Soderbergh says, “This arrangement grew out of talks Michael Sugar and I were having with Sarah Aubrey during the negotiations for ‘Let Them All Talk,’ and there were four things tractor-beaming me toward this deal.”
As a critically acclaimed and celebrated director, Soderbergh went home with an Oscar for Best Director back in 2001 for his film “Traffic”. That same year, the filmmaker was also nominated under the same category for the biopic, “Erin Brokovich”. Soderbergh is the first director to be nominated twice for two separate films at the Academy Awards since 1938.
Soderbergh has previously worked with HBO for projects such as “The Knick,” “Behind the Candelabra,” and “Mosaic.”
“One, I have a history with both HBO and Warner Bros.; two, my definition of a good product, a good process, and a good working culture is shared by the WarnerMedia family; three, the wide range of potential outlets aligns with my range of interests, and four: I get to witness and participate in the building of something new at a very large scale. Oh, and there is a financial aspect, so that’s probably five.”
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