Every five years, on September 1st, Travis Valley celebrates the Festival of Release, an ancient local tradition during which all laws are suspended for 24 hours, and chaos and anarchy rule. Some families barricade themselves in their houses and stay out of harm’s way as best they can. Others take the opportunity to settle any long standing feuds that may have stretched back for many Release Days past… more here
Steven Soderbergh’s Contagion – starring Matt Damon, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard, and Gwyneth Paltrow – was a tense, frightening ride. For germaphobes like me who can’t help but thinking how susceptible we are to infection, it was an absolute nightmare.
The film followed, “the rapid progress of a lethal airborne virus that kills within days. As the fast-moving epidemic grows, the worldwide medical community races to find a cure and control the panic that spreads faster than the virus itself. At the same time, ordinary people struggle to survive in a society coming apart.”
It’s gotten out that a sequel to this is an OWA (Open Writing Assignment) at Warner Bros., which means that the studio is either hearing new takes from writers or is considering writers to tackle a take they already have in mind. The writer of the first one, Scott Z. Burns, is attached as a producer. But who won’t be back – I’m guessing – is Steven Soderbergh. It’s not like this movie is the fun “let’s just hang out” experience that the Ocean’s 11 sequels were. And it doesn’t generate the guaranteed amount of “one for me, one for you” cash and studio goodwill either.
Also, where could they go with this movie? A different virus? Maybe something more like Ebola? Half the world is already gone anyway, right? Pitch your take in the comments.