Steven Soderbergh Makes the Jump to TV with ‘The Knick’

By May 24, 2013

With his biopic on Liberace “Behind the Candelabra” airing this weekend on HBO, director Steven Soderbergh announced that he’s “retiring” from directing movies. Of course, that doesn’t mean he can’t direct anything else… namely television. Deadline reports that Soderberg has teamed with pay-tv channel Cinemax to bring a new series to the small screen titled “The Knick,” which stars Clive Owen (Sin City, Shoot ’em Up) and takes place in the early 1900s.

Will this new series be successful under an acclaimed movie director? Let’s see who’s been keeping track of current television…first off, there’s a little show on AMC called “The Walking Dead,” which was adapted for television by writer/director Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile). While Darabont was removed as showrunner, he’s adapting yet another show for TV. Directors like Darabont, and writers like Alan Ball (American Beauty, “True Blood”) have proven that making the jump from movies to TV is very possible.

Will Soderberg’s “The Knick” be successful as he transfers from the Silver Screen to the HD screen? Only time will tell… but considering his track record of movies like Erin Brockovich, Traffic, and the Ocean’s movies, expect great things on Cinemax soon enough.

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