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Steven Soderbergh drawn to small-screen magic

by Ben Child.

The Oscar-winning film-maker Steven Soderbergh has hinted that he sees his future in television after becoming increasingly disillusioned with cinema audiences’ limited appetite for complex narratives and characterisation.

The director of Traffic and the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy has been candid about his plans to step away from film for a couple of years, but it was previously thought he was likely to take up painting instead. Now it appears he is eyeing the resurgence of small-screen drama as his new creative direction.

“American movie audiences now just don’t seem to be very interested in any kind of ambiguity or any kind of real complexity of character or narrative — I’m talking in large numbers, there are always some, but enough to make hits out of movies that have those qualities,” Soderbergh told the Associated Press. “I think those qualities are now being seen on television and that people who want to see stories that have those kinds of qualities are watching television.”

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