Contagion director Steven Soderbergh did a little bit of second unit work on The Hunger Games movie, which was released last year, and he has been talking about his involvement on the film. Steven says that he and director Gary Ross are good friend, so it all stemmed from there.
During an interview with Collider, Soderbergh explained, “Well, Gary’s a friend of mine; I’ve known him a long time. At one point, actually, in the mid-90s I was crashing on his couch for three weeks. We just have a history of helping each other out on stuff, I show him everything, I was a producer on Pleasantville. So we just have a long history of kind of doing each other solids when one of us needs help.”
He added, “So he called me in April and said, ‘I’m looking at the board of Hunger Games and I’ve got these two days of second unit at the end of August, what are you doing? Can you come down? I’ve got to get somebody I trust to do this, would you be interested?’ So I said, ‘Yeah, actually Contagion will be done and we won’t have started Magic Mike, it’s actually perfect. I can literally just fly in and do it.’”
Steven Soderbergh’s next movie to hit the big screen is Side Effects, which stars Channing Tatum, Rooney Mara, Jude Law and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Side Effects is set to be released on February 8 in the US, before then being released in the UK on March 8.