In a surprise move, IFC Films has picked up the US distribution rights for Steven Soderbergh’s Che movies, The Argentine and Guerilla, beating Magnolia Pictures to the punch. Apparently, IFC will first release the movies as a single, four and a half hour feature for one week in December for Oscar consideration, then re-release them in their separate forms in January.
Steven Soderbergh sure seems to love biopics…Indeed, after Kafka, Erin Brockovich, his two Che films The Argentine & Guerilla, and the forthcoming The Informant about former vice president Mark Whitacre, the acclaimed director is now set to helm a movie based on Wladziu Valentino Liberace.
Liberace was an infamous American pianist/showman active from 1936 to his death in 1987 who struggled with continuous accusations of homosexuality, something which should play a significant part in the film. Michael Douglas (King Of California) is the frontruner for the lead role while Matt Damon (the Bourne films) is in talks to portray Liberace’s alleged lover Scott Thorson.
Due to a very busy schedule, Soderbergh won’t be able to start shooting until 2010. Here’s a video of Liberace performing in Las Vegas.
Revolutionary Update: IFC will distribute the film, not Magnolia…more about that here.
Finally! Magnolia Pictures will distribute the Steven Soderbergh (the Ocean’s trilogy) biopic Che in the US. Yes, you read that right, it will apparently be released as one film in the States instead of the two-parter The Argentine and Guerilla other countries are having (or are they?).
The movie(s) premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to very enthusiastic response and went on to win the Best Actor prize for star Benicio Del Toro (Things We Lost In The Fire), which is why it’s so surprising it couldn’t find a distributor until now.
Magnolia hasn’t announced a date yet, but you can expect the film(s) to be released sometime in December in America. If you live in Spain however, you can check it (them?) out right now.