Friday, October 24, 2008

This Week in "Oh Steven Soderbergh, Why You So Craaazay?!?"

Steven Soderbergh. Where would we be without him? The cinema is an exciting place because of him, don't you think? Not content to make only Oscar-baiting (and very good, it must be said) movies like Erin Brockovich, Traffic and the 2009 release The Informant, plus crowd-pleasers like the Ocean's franchise, he also likes to dabble in a bit of experimentation. Bubble was a fascinating, but flawed, little movie, The Good German was immaculate but a bit empty and his upcoming four-hour Che Guevara biopic, Che is a feat in itself.

Never one to rest on his laurels, it has been announced that his project will be... well... just read it for yourself.

Steven Soderbergh fresh off of shooting CHE, is not wasting any time in casting Hugh Jackman and Catherine Zeta-Jones in a live action, musical of CLEOPATRA in 3D.

Oh yes, you read correctly. CLEOPATRA! 3D! MUSICAL! HUGH JACKMAN AND CATHERINE ZETA-JONES! WTF?!

I seriously can't quite comprehend what the hell is going on in Steven Soderbergh's mind when he thinks up stuff like this. And then to have the music be written by Guided by Voices? That's even stranger. I was thinking it would be better to go with something a bit more edgy. For example, can you imagine a 3D "Cleopatra" music with music by MGMT? Or, and I've thought this ever since listening to Fiona Apple's original Extraordinary Machine album, Jon Brion needs to write a musical pronto. Although, perhaps, one based around Cleopatra mightn't be the right one.

Also, Hugh Jackman's pecs in 3D. I know that's entirely superficial of me, but whatevs.

Nevertheless, isn't this news just utterly bonkers? Before he films this movie though he's making a tiny-budgeted (like Bubble) movie starring porn star Sasha Grey. Let's just be thankful that Che didn't ruin his career like so many people thought it would. It shall be an interesting few years in the career of Steven Soderbergh, don't you agree?

In other 3D news, courtesy of My New Plaid Pants here is the extra-extra-cheese poster for My Bloody Valentine 3D. Other 3D horror flicks coming up soon are Final Destination 3D and Piranha 3D. Amazing.

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