Steven Soderbergh has written a sequel to Sex, Lies And Videotape in lockdown.
The 57-year-old director revealed that he has penned a follow-up to his acclaimed 1989 movie, which marked his filmmaking breakthrough and starred James Spader and Andie MacDowell, and is keen to bring the idea to the cinema.
‘Within the first six or seven weeks of the lockdown, I finished 3 screenplays,’ he told Flaviar’s NightCap Live. ‘One of them was a rewrite, one of them was an original, and one was an adaptation of a novel that I’ve been wanting to do.’
Busy man: Steven Soderbergh has written a sequel to Sex, Lies and Videotape in lockdown; seen in 2019
A new vibe for cinema: The film was considered groundbreaking in 1989
The Contagion star then added, ‘The original was a sequel to Sex, Lies and Videotape.
‘It was an idea that had been circling for awhile, and I felt like I came up with a way to get back in, and so I wrote it, and I wanna make it.’
The movie is about Ann (MacDowell) who is trapped in a sexually and emotionally unfulfilled relationship with her husband, John (Peter Gallagher), a successful but unpleasant lawyer who is sleeping with her sister, Cynthia (Laura San Giacomo).
Will she come back? Andie MacDowell was the star of the movie. Here she is seen left, in the film, and right, in February
Her love interest: The beauty fell for an introvert played by James Spader. Seen left in the film and on the right in 2019 in NYC
The tensions in the couple’s marriage intensify when Graham (Spader) videotapes Cynthia and Ann as they talk about their sexual desires.
Steven – whose previous credits include Traffic and the Ocean’s trilogy – admits that he has been doing a lot of writing to pass the time during the coronavirus pandemic.
He explained: ‘During the lockdown, I’ve done more sustained writing than I’ve done since the summer of 1985.
‘And it’s worth noting that I never considered myself a writer.
The standout: Also in the movie was Laura San Giacomo, best known for the hit Pretty Woman
But will the subject matter be OK today? The film is about sex and emotion, which is not often touched on in Hollywood which now focuses on gore and action
‘I wrote as a way to get into the business, because nobody can stop you from sitting down in front of a keyboard and writing.
‘I grew up in a suburban subdivision in Baton Rouge, I had no connections to the film industry at all, and I just felt if I write, I may write something that somebody sees and reads and wants to make.
‘So when the lockdown happened here in New York, in order to stay organised and sane, I decided I’m gonna write. I’ve gotta go back to writing.’
It’s complicated: The movie is about Ann (MacDowell) who is trapped in a sexually and emotionally unfulfilled relationship with her husband, John (Peter Gallagher), a successful but unpleasant lawyer who is sleeping with her sister, Cynthia (Laura San Giacomo)
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