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Steven Soderbergh contemplating retirement from film

Steven Soderbergh
Soderbergh says he is excited about his upcoming musical film

Director Steven Soderbergh says he is considering retirement from film-making after finishing his upcoming projects.

Soderbergh, whose credits include Erin Brockovich and Traffic, told BBC Radio 4's The Film Programme he is "winding down" and "it's time for a change".

"I feel the need to recalibrate, just step away," he said. But he has not ruled out returning after a break.

The Oscar-winner's forthcoming projects include a 3D musical version of Cleopatra with Catherine Zeta Jones.

'Great story'

"I'll go away and come back with a different approach - or I won't," said Soderbergh.

The 46-year-old added that "maybe a change of career" was in order.

The Cleopatra musical is likely to be released in 2011, he said.

Catherine Zeta Jones
Zeta Jones won an Oscar for her role in musical film Chicago

The director said it involved "a great character, great story" and he hoped it would make use of footage from the 1963 epic starring Elizabeth Taylor.

"Any film-maker who has got any interest in the visual side of movies is interested in the idea of a musical because it's such a visual genre," said Soderbergh.

Among his other projects are a film about entertainer Liberace, set to star Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, and a spy flick about undercover FBI agent Jack Falcone.

Soderbergh gained the first of his Academy Award best director nominations for 1990's Sex, Lies and Videotape.

In 2001, he was nominated for Erin Brocovich and Traffic, winning the award for the latter movie.

The full interview with Steven Soderbergh can be heard on Radio 4's The Film Programme, this afternoon from 1630 GMT.



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