Sandwiched in between the far more high profile “Out of Sight” in 1998 and the “Erin Brockovich” & “Traffic” double in 2000, filmmaker Steven Soderbergh pumped out the little-seen noir piece “The Limey”.
The film had a troubled production which mostly faced its issues not so much during the shoot but later in the editing room where Soderbergh dubs it one of the most terrifying experiences of his filmmaking career.
The film will soon be getting a remastered 4K re-release in honor of its 20th anniversary, with a new trailer for that dropping today. Soderbergh has also reflected on the experience of making the film in an interview with Deadline:
“It was, for me, a really terrifying edit. It wasn’t written or shot to be put together the way it ended up being put together. The screening of the first cut, what we call our friends-and-family screening, was really upsetting because it was clear that that version was not working at all and that we would have to really re-conceive the movie completely. Doing that involved some additional shooting and then, most importantly, rebuilding the movie from scratch, essentially, which Sara Flack, the editor, and I did over the course of several months.”
Soderbergh says going back to revisit the film for the re-master was actually a completely different feeling than when he was working on the original cutting of the film, calling it a “pleasant surprise”. He adds that had they made a sequel, it would have seen Terence Stamp’s character go back to the UK to track down his old gang that betrayed him on the last job.