Steven Soderbergh to Paint

1073449661 Steven Soderbergh to PaintThe director Steven Soderbergh, who has long flirted with leaving the film game, recently told The New York Times that he expects that his post-movie career will involve painting. Excuse our lateness on this, the hurricane destroyed our copy of The Times this weekend.

According to an interview to promote his perhaps-last movie Contagion:

Mr. Soderbergh was speaking last month in his office space-cum-painting studio in the Flatiron district of Manhattan, where, having announced his imminent retirement from directing, he will soon be spending a lot more time. Propped against the walls are some of his recent pieces: a pair of striped canvases in red and gray hues and a portrait of the abstract painter Agnes Martin. Mr. Soderbergh, 48, sounded matter-of-fact about the career change. “I’m interested in exploring another art form while I have the time and ability to do so,” he said. “I’ll be the first person to say if I can’t be any good at it and run out of money I’ll be back making another ‘Ocean’s’ movie.”

He’s a reverse-Schnabel! And also, very honest. Much as we’re like to see him succeed, Ocean’s 13 did leave some unanswered questions to be explored in a sequel (e.g. Why do people that rich need to keep stealing things?).  Anyway, it’s a win-win!