‘Contagion’ Director Promises the Film Industry Will ‘Go Back to Work’ Safely After COVID-19 Pandemic

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Gavin Newsom not too long ago shared that Steven Soderbergh, the filmmaker behind a number of award-winning films, is heading up a committee for the Directors Guild of America. Soderbergh, the director of 2011’s pandemic thriller Contagion, and the remainder of the group will work on getting the movie trade again to manufacturing. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shut down a number of Hollywood units.

‘Contagion’ director leads DGA committee post-COVID-19 outbreak

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Actors Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Laurence Fishburne, and director Steven Soderbergh pose on the Contagion photocall on the 68th Venice Film Festival | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

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The Los Angeles Times not too long ago reported on Governor Newsom of California’s plan to “return to filming.”

At the helm of the committee to enact that plan is Steven Soderbergh. He directed films like Erin Brokovich, Ocean’s Eleven, Magic Mike — and naturally, the pandemic film, Contagion. Soderbergh defined on the governor’s press occasion:

“The good news is there’s absolutely going to be a way to go back to work and to keep people safe.” The Contagion filmmaker continued on the committee’s plan:

I feel what’s occurring in the mean time is a collection of very detailed conversations amongst the guilds and the producers about how one can actually refine the strategy. But I really feel very assured in how that is going, that this will probably be solved and that we can get folks again to work safely.

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A movie show marquee, on March 19, 2020, in Los Angeles, California | Mario Tama/Getty Images

The screenwriter of Contagion, Scott Z. Burns, informed Slate earlier this 12 months how many individuals have been noting the similarities between the COVID-19 outbreak and the 2011 film. But the Contagion author shouldn’t be shocked:

… It has been very unusual to me, whether or not on social media or in conversations with associates, that individuals will say to me, ‘This is uncanny how similar it is.’ And I don’t discover it to be that shocking, as a result of the scientists I spoke to, and there have been loads of them, all mentioned that this was a matter of when, not if.

Why Soderbergh guarantees the film trade can come again after the coronavirus pandemic

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Contagion director Steven Soderbergh in 2019 | Amy Sussman/Getty Images

Soderbergh informed press this month: “I think the question everybody’s asking is whatever the series of guidelines or protocols is, how quickly can it scale?” The director acknowledged it’s “still an open question” on account of “resource issues.”

“… can we get back to the period just before COVID took everything over — 250 TV shows, 50 movies, 50 variety-reality specials, that’s a lot of activity,” the Sex, Lies, and Videotape director mentioned. But Soderbergh didn’t seem all that frightened.

“I think the coming up with a plan to keep people safe actually turns out to be not that difficult,” the Contagion director supplied. “When you talk to an epidemiologist, it’s pretty clear what you have to do.”

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