Steven Soderbergh has penned a sequel to 'Sex, Lies and Videotape' in lockdown

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James Spader and Andie MacDowell in Sex, Lies and Videotape (Credit: Miramax)
James Spader and Andie MacDowell in Sex, Lies and Videotape (Credit: Miramax)

Director Steven Soderbergh has revealed that he's penned a sequel to his breakthrough movie Sex, Lies and Videotape while in lockdown.

The auteur burst onto the movie-making scene with his acclaimed debut in 1989, becoming the youngest solo director ever to win the Palme d'Or at Cannes, his debut movie.

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Appearing on the Nightcap Live online show, he said: “When the lockdown happened here in New York, in order to stay organized and stay sane, I decided I’m going to write.

“I’ve gotta go back to writing, so within the first six or seven weeks of the lockdown, I finished three different screenplays. One of them was a rewrite, one of them was an original, and one of them was an adaptation of a novel I’ve been wanting to do.

Director Steven Soderbergh attends a premiere for "The Laundromat" on day five of the Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, in Toronto. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Director Steven Soderbergh (Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

“The original [is] a sequel to Sex, Lies and Videotape. It was an idea that had been circling for a while and I felt like I came up with a way to get back into [the story] and so, I wrote it and I wanna make it.”

The movie centred on James Spader's bohemian drifter with a penchant for recording women talking about their sex lives on VHS tapes, and found him meddling in the relationship of married couple Ann and John (Andie MacDowell and Peter Gallagher).

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Soderbergh also went on to talk about his next project Kill Switch, a 50s-set thriller which was set to go into production in Detroit two weeks before the pandemic hit.

The all-star movie features a stunning cast including Don Cheadle, Sebastian Stan, Jon Hamm, Benicio del Toro, Ray Liotta, Amy Seimetz, Frankie Shaw and George Clooney.

“I’m missing a lot of people who will be angry,” he went on. “But the point is, we were two weeks out when we got shut down. We shot Out of Sight in Detroit with Don and George and I was really excited about coming back. We are gonna come back, we’re just gotta figure out when.”