×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Steven Soderbergh to End Film Retirement for Channing Tatum Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

UPDATE: Nearly three years after announcing his retirement from the film industry,  Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh is heading back to the big screen.

Sources tell Variety that Soderbergh is attached to direct the feature film “Lucky Logan” with Channing Tatum on board to star.

Gregory Jacobs will produce the movie, which is currently a mystery, but sources say Soderbergh recently got his hands on the script and quickly fell in love with the premise.

No reps returned calls for comment. However, shortly after Variety published this story, Soderbergh said the report was “wrong” on Twitter. (An earlier version of this story suggested Matt Damon would co-star in the film, which is titled “Lucky Logan,” not “Hillbilly Heist.”)

Sources tell Variety that most of the major studios including Warner Bros., Sony and Fox are all lining up to acquire the hot package, and that a deal should be in place by the end of the week. Glen Basner is shopping the project.

Since his last feature film in 2013 (“Side Effects”), Soderbergh has focused his efforts on TV, directing the Emmy-winning HBO pic “Behind the Candelabra.”

Soderbergh and Tatum have a deep past, having worked together on “Haywire,” “Magic Mike” and “Side Effects.”

In 2012, Soderbergh had said prior to shooting “Side Effects” that the prescription thriller, which co-starred Rooney Mara, would be his final feature film, even though for years he had threatened to leave the biz.

Soderbergh, who won the best director Oscar for “Traffic” in 2000, will still have plenty to do in the TV world as he prepares to move forward with a third season of “The Knick” as well as his HBO pilot “Mosaic” starring Sharon Stone.

Tatum can be seen next in the Coen brothers’ pic “Hail Caesar!” and is set to start production on X-Men spinoff “Gambit” sometime this spring. He is repped by UTA and Management 360. Soderbergh is repped by Anonymous Content.

Correction: This story on Steven Soderbergh’s new film project erroneously reported Matt Damon would co-star in the film. Damon is not involved with the project.

More Film

  • Mara Watkins Nabhaan Rizwan Steven Wouterlood

    Diverse Talents Pepper Variety's Fifth 10 Europeans to Watch List

    Variety has unveiled its fifth edition of 10 Europeans to Watch, spotlighting 10 rising talents from across the continent who are poised for breakthroughs in 2019. The selection includes emerging actors, directors, showrunners and cinematographers from six countries whose dynamic talents are being showcased on screens big and small, and on both sides of the camera. [...]

  • Glass Movie

    Box Office: 'Glass' Shines Overseas With $48.5 Million Weekend

    After autobots and aquatic kings have dominated foreign markets over the past few weeks, a different kind of hero has risen to the top of box office charts. M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” is the new champ overseas, pulling in $48.5 million from international territories. The supernatural thriller, a sequel to 2000’s “Unbreakable” and 2016’s “Split,” debuted [...]

  • Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo, Marco Graf

    'Roma' and 'The Favourite' Lead London Critics' Circle Winners

    After ruling the U.S. critics’ award circuit, “Roma” continued its dominance on the other side of the pond, as the London Film Critics’ Circle announced its winners tonight. A week after landing seven BAFTA nominations, Alfonso Cuarón’s Mexico City memory piece landed film of the year and director of the year honors from the group [...]

  • M. Night Shyamalan Should Stop Writing

    The Big Twist M. Night Shyamalan Needs: He Should Stop Writing His Own Scripts (Column)

    Quick, name the greatest film by each of the following directors: Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, David Lean, Robert Altman, Roman Polanski, Kathryn Bigelow, Jonathan Demme. Answers will vary (mine would be: “Psycho,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “Nashville,” “Chinatown,” “The Hurt Locker,” “The Silence of the Lambs”), but whatever your taste, odds are that [...]

  • Andy Vajna Dead: 'Rambo' Producer and

    Andy Vajna, 'Rambo' Producer, Dies at 74

    Andy Vajna, executive producer of several “Rambo” films as well as “Total Recall” and several “Terminator” movies, died Sunday in Budapest after a long illness. He was 74. The Hungarian National Film Fund confirmed his death, calling him a “dominant figure in the Hungarian and international film industry” who was responsible for the development of [...]

  • Glass trailer

    Box Office: 'Glass' Dominates MLK Weekend With $47 Million

    M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” topped box office charts during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, collecting $40 million over the weekend for a four-day sum of $47 million. If estimates hold, “Glass” will come in behind “American Sniper” ($107 million) and “Ride Along” ($48 million) as the third-best showing for both January and MLK holiday [...]

  • FICG Names Estrella Araiza As New

    Estrella Araiza To Head Up Guadalajara Intl Film Festival

    The Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival (FICG) has announced that Estrella Araiza, until now the festival’s head of industry and markets and director of the Guadalajara IntL. Film Festival in Los Angeles, has been promoted to the position of general director of the prominent Mexican festival. She replaces Ivan Trujillo, appointed director of TV UNAM. Araiza [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content