Steven Soderbergh: What's Next for the Filmmaker

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After debuting “Contagion” at the Venice Film Festival, THR takes a look at the director’s busy slate.

With Contagion recently debuting at the Venice Film Festival, filmmaker Steven Soderbergh's disease thriller had several film critics discussing the realistic nature of the film.

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Chronicling the spread of an unknown deadly virus starring A-list stars, including Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow, The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy wrote that Contagion's "fine cast, likely solid critical reaction and undeniable topicality position this as a robust B.O. performer for the early fall season." But Soderbergh -- who recently confirmed plans that he will move from making films to painting in the future -- isn't taking a break just yet.

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Aside from Contagion, which opens in theaters Sept. 9, Soderbergh will ready for the release of Haywire, which stars Gina Carano, Antonio Banderas and Michael Fassbender. The action film centers on covert operative Mallory (Carano) who is forced to protecter family and go after those who have betrayed her, after a mission goes wrong in Barcelona. The feature, which Soderbergh directed, hits U.S. theaters Jan. 20, 2012.

At the moment, the multihyphenate is preparing for Magic Mike, a project based on Channing Tatum's early life. Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Alex Pettyfer, Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Riley Keough and Gabriel Iglesias are just some of the cast members attached to the film, which is slated for release some time next year. Magic Mike revolves around a male stripper (Tatum) and his attempts over the course of a summer to teach a rookie dancer (Pettyfer) in the protocol of stage performance, money management and dating female fans.

Soderbergh is also attached to the big-screen adaptation of The Man From U.N.C.L.E., with a biopic on famed pianist and entertainer Liberace also in the works.

Additionally, Soderbergh recently helped out director Gary Ross on The Hunger Games, doing some second unit filming on the anticipated Lionsgate film, slated for a March 23, 2012 release.