Despite being released in 2011, director Steven Soderbergh‘s thriller Contagion has had a resurgence this year as a result of the film’s close similarities to the current ongoing global health crisis, and now, it seems like a follow-up film is in the works.
During a recent appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Soderbergh announced that he is developing a “philosophical sequel” to Contagion that will tackle similar themes but in a different context.
“I’ve got a project in development that Scott Burns is working with me on, that’s a kind of philosophical sequel to Contagion, but in a different context,” Soderbergh said. “You’ll kind of look at the two of them as kind of paired, but very different hair colors. So, Scott and I had been talking about, ‘So, what’s the next iteration of a Contagion-type story?’ We have been working on that; we should probably hot-foot it a little bit.”
Contagion revolves around the spread of a virus as medical researchers and public health officials attempt to identify and contain the disease in the midst of a growing pandemic while the CDC is working on the introduction of a vaccine to halt its spread. The film was written by Scott Burns and stars Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard, Laurence Fishburne, and Bryan Cranston.
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