Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Save up to 69%
Empire
Film Studies 101
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Second Star Wars Anthology Film Reportedly About Boba Fett
And it still needs a director
Will Poulter Is Pennywise The Clown
In Cary Fukunaga's new take on Stephen King's It
New Images Of The Force Awakens' Adam Driver And Lupita Nyong'o
Plus news on Episode VIII's shooting plans
John Wick 2 Officially A Go
The hate-trick, reloaded
Final San Andreas Trailer Rocks In
Dwayne Johnson rolls with it
Sela Ward Playing The US President In Independence Day 2
Hail to the chief; watch for the aliens
David Fincher's Video Synchronicity Heads For HBO
A new comedy set in the world of music video production
Louis C.K. Says I'm A Cop
He's directing and starring in the indie comedy
Caleb Landry Jones And Rory Culkin Are Lords Of Chaos
For director Jonas Akerlund
Avengers: Age Of Ultron Spoiler Podcast
Featuring Joss Whedon and Paul Bettany
David Ayer Posts A First Look At The Suicide Squad Cast In Costume
First a Joker. Now a bunch of goons...
Red Dwarf Returning For Two New Series
Dave heads back to Dave in 2016 and 2017
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
19 April 2015
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Trailer Smashes In
And Zack Snyder tweets new posters
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
25 March 2016
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Behind The Candelabra (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Side Effects (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Trashed (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Beautiful Creatures (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Lawrence Of Arabia (2012)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Steven Soderbergh On His Kafka Recut And Hints At A Lem Dobbs commentary
“This isn’t a tweak, it’s triage. It’s going to be bloody”

29 May 2013  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Exclusive

submit to reddit



The new issue of Empire (on shelves tomorrow, Thursday May 30) sees Steven Soderbergh speaking with great candour about his decision to quit feature filmmaking in favour of other creative outlets. He’ll be painting, making television shows, playwriting, selling fine Bolivian spirits, writing books... heck, he’s even finding time to move offices across Manhattan. This man clearly has access to some kind of wormhole.

There’s also a recut of Kafka, ten years in the planning, to attend to. “I’ve got a 35 page fax from (screenwriter) Lem Dobbs about it that I’ve got to wade into at some point,” Soderbergh tells Empire. “Lem and I have had this back and forth because I’m trying to alter the DNA of the whole movie. I think we want to put out a dual Blu-ray with both versions. I’ve been calling the new version the ‘Midnight Edition’ because it’s perfect for Friday or Saturday night shows.”

Kafka, Soderbergh’s sex, lies, and videotape follow-up, was made under the fierce spotlight that came with being a Palme d'Or-winning wunderkind, and its original issues have continued to nag away at the director. An oblique conspiracy thriller starring Jeremy Irons and Alec Guinness, it will get a German-language dub, “probably” a new score and a substantive reworking of the edit. The cuts will, as Soderbergh emphasises, “be bloody”.

“I was frustrated with Kafka – it had a mixed-to-negative reaction when it came out – and I’m trying to completely rethink it in the hopes of at least turning it into something that’s unified. The tone was all over the place – which is the classic young filmmaker’s mistake. I’d like to make it a little more abstract and more of a hardcore art movie. It’s not a tweak: it’s triage.” So a better-director’s cut of a director’s cut? “I hope so. It’s shorter.”

If you’ve listened to Dobbs and Soderbergh’s famously blunt exchanges on The Limey commentary track, you’ll be keen to see the pair reunite for another to put the seal on Kafka 2.0. So is there any chance of writer again chewing out wryly-amused director for crimes against dialogue? “That might be worth doing,” smiles Soderbergh. “Then he’d get to complain about two films for the price of one. That would be spirited.”

Pick up the new issue of Empire, on sale on May 30, for the full Soderbergh exit interview.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

New Hummingbird Stills Online
Jason Statham teams with Steven Knight
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Updated! Stan Lee’s Marvel-lous Cameos – Now With Even More Cameos
From Daredevil to... Daredevil?

11 Of The Silliest Sesame Street Film Parodies
From Aveggies: Age Of Ultron to Big Birdman (and back again)

Astonishing Movie Star Music Video Cameos
Hiccup, Rhodey and Spidey join the party

Podcast #158: Paul Bettany, Charlie Cox
The Vision vs. Daredevil

Daredevil Season 1 Spoiler Podcast - Featuring Charlie Cox
The team discuss and dissect the Marvel / Netflix show

Richard Armitage Bids Farewell To The Hobbit
On goat-riding, keepsakes and saying goodbye to Thorin

Empire's Jurassic World Covers Unveiled
You're going to hear her roar

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Subscribe now and save up to 70%

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire Digital Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe now and save up to 69%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)