“Ocean’s Eleven” and “Traffic” director Steven Soderbergh is in the early stages of developing a biopic about Liberace for Warner Bros. Pictures says Variety.
Richard LaGravanese is writing the script, Jerry Weintraub will produce and Soderbergh will direct the project about the flamboyant pianist.
Soderbergh says he’s already set Michael Douglas to play the title role, and is in discussions with Matt Damon to play Scott Thorson, who sued Liberace in 1982 for $113 million in palimony, claiming he was the entertainer’s companion for five years.
Liberace, who never wavered from career-long denials that he was gay, reportedly settled for $95,000 in 1986. Liberace died a year later in 1987 of complications from AIDS at age 67.
The project is a while off however as Soderbergh will next direct the call girl drama “The Girlfriend Experience” for 2929 Entertainment.