Steven Soderbergh’s New Movie With Meryl Streep Has Found a Home
Art and Experience: Let Them All Talk is heading to HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s new streaming service.
Steven Soderbergh’s new movie starring Meryl Streep got Film Twitter all excited last week when it was announced that he will be shooting it on the new RED Komodo Dragon camera. Now, we know where you can see it: HBO Max.
WarnerMedia’s new streaming service will be the home for the director’s latest, a comedy starring Oscar-winner Streep, Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen, Gemma Chan, and Lucas Hedges. Talk is the first feature film picked up by the upcoming streamer, and it is arguably its most high-profile get, given the awards pedigree of both its director and star, Streep. Let Them All Talk, according to the official synopsis, centers on “a celebrated author (Streep) who takes a journey with some old friends (Bergen and Wiest) to have some fun and heal old wounds. Her nephew (Hedges) comes along to wrangle the ladies and finds himself involved with a young literary agent (Chan).”
The movie is written by MacArthur Fellow and PEN / Faulkner award-winning author Deborah Eisenberg.
“This is the kind of project where you just say yes please sign me up,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of HBO Max’s original content, in a statement. “To work with Steven Soderbergh and this all-star cast led by Meryl Streep is thrilling and sets the standard for features at HBO Max.”
HBO Max is set to launch sometime in Spring 2020, and hopefully Talk premieres with it.
Soderbergh’s most recent film, 2019’s Netflix release High Flying Bird, was another experimental outing from the Traffic director. Like Unsane before it, Bird was shot in iPhones. Before Talk arrives on the streaming service, audiences will get Soderbergh and Streep’s first collaboration — The Laundromat. That drama is set to premiere at TIFF and the Venice Film Festival next month.
Soderbergh’s career started with the envelope-pushing Sex, Lies, & Videotape — which just turned 30 this year. That landmark film pioneered some very DIY filmmaking and inspired legions of indie filmmakers to follow Soderbergh’s lead. (The decision to skirt a traditional theatrical release in favor of the streaming service is also in line with the director’s “outside-the-box” ways.)
Soderbergh has spent his post-retirement years experimenting with digital camera, especially in the smart phone space, in an effort to prove that those devices can be just as effective in making a movie as a mainstream or standard camera package. His efforts have also inspired many to challenge themselves to tell their stories on a budget, and there’s really no excuse for filmmakers not to try when they have the means to film it in their back pocket.
How has Soderbergh’s work in the digital filmmaking space affected yours? What have you learned from the director’s progress here?