Soderbergh Talks Studios, iPhones & Streaming

Steven Soderbergh returned to directing films last year with the independently released “Logan Lucky”. His new film “Unsane” is expected to follow a similar path when it opens this Spring and he recently sat down with Indiewire to reveal that he has no plans to make another major studio film ever again:

“I can’t imagine a scenario in which I’d get back and do that. I don’t know what the upside would be. I don’t think they’re necessarily looking for what I bring and I don’t know that I’m looking for what they bring. There are things they do very well and they do them.”

One big thing about the upcoming “Unsane” is that it was shot using a 4K iPhone, and the filmmaker is very happy with how the technology is simplifying filmmaking in this way:

“I think this is the future. Anybody going to see this movie who has no idea of the backstory to the production will have no idea this was shot on the phone. That’s not part of the conceit. People forget, this is a 4k capture. I’ve seen it 40 feet tall. It looks like velvet. This is a gamechanger to me.”

He’s also not upset about the rise of streaming services and the erosion of traditional exhibitors like so many other filmmakers seem to be. Instead, he sees the new platforms as a boon for directors as well as not seeing any danger of cinemas disappearing either:

“Getting upset about Netflix to me is like getting upset about the weather. It’s just something that’s happening and we have to decide what we feel about it. They’re not going anywhere anytime soon. For as many instances as you can say, ‘Oh, they’re being destructive or cannibalistic in this space,’ they are absolutely providing eyeballs for filmmakers in another space that just wouldn’t exist, period. I don’t see any benefit on partisanship within this arena of storytelling and trying to reach an audience. You don’t make these things to be seen in a closet.

Look, the people who are saying moviegoing is dead are the people who don’t have an investment in moviegoing. When people say that moviegoing is dead, I go, OK, so the makers of ‘Get Out’ should’ve sold that movie to a platform? Then they don’t have this insane, crazy success theatrically all over the world. At the end of the day, it’s the filmmakers that have to figure it out.”

Soderbergh’s “Unsane” is currently slated to open on March 23rd.