Steven Soderbergh is in the early stages of developing a biopic about Liberace for Warner Bros., which he will direct.
The filmmaker said he has drafted his "Traffic" star Michael Douglas to play the flamboyant pianist. Richard LaGravanese is writing the script, and Jerry Weintraub will produce.
Soderbergh is in discussions with Matt Damon to play Scott Thorson, who sued Liberace in 1982 for $113 million in palimony, claiming he was the entertainer’s companion for five years. Even though Liberace never wavered from career-long denials that he was gay, Thorson reportedly settled for $95,000 in 1986.
According to sources, Soderbergh won’t make the Liberace film his next project, or even the one after that. Soderbergh will next direct "The Girlfriend Experience," about a call girl, for 2929 Entertainment partners Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner and their HDNet label.
O'REGAN: Last year you were promoting "Running the Sahara", which you had produced and narrated. And also, just your work with H2O Africa. Tell me about that, where things are, what projects you're working on.
DAMON: Well, we've just grown. We've got over 90 projects going in Africa now, which is a lot in just a couple of years. So, eventually we are going to be in the hundreds of thousands of people who are getting access to clean water. And that's just really exciting.