Everything comes full circle with the return to TV of Steven Soderbergh.
The “Sex, Lies and Videotape” author directs the six-episode limited series “Full Circle” for HBO Max streaming platform. Soderbergh signed a global first look deal with HBO in January 2020.
“Full Circle” follows a botched kidnapping investigation that uncovers long-held secrets that connect multiple characters and cultures in present-day New York City. Claire Danes and Timothy Olyphant play wealthy parents whose teenage son goes missing.
Zazie Beetz, Jim Gaffigan, Jharrel Jerome, CCH Pounder, Phaldut Sharma, Adia, Sheyi Cole, Gerald Jones, Suzanne Savoy, Ethan Stoddard, Lucian Zanes and Dennis Quaid appear in the series, which premiered at the 2023 Tribeca.
Ed Solomon (“No Sudden Move,” “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”) wrote the series, with Soderbergh directing and executive producing. Fellow executive producer Solomon also wrote Soderbergh’s previous series “Mosaic” with Sharon Stone; Soderbergh also directed the show ‘The Knick’.
“Even by Ed’s standards this is a complex narrative that manages to be both kaleidoscopic and intimate,” Soderbergh said of Solomon’s narration in the upcoming series. “Our job now is to put together a great cast and make sure we perform at the level the scripts deserve.”
The director of “Kimi” and “Magic Mike’s Last Dance” recently addressed the AI debates in the writers’ rooms, saying he’s “not afraid” of the AI writing better scripts because of its lack of humanity. “It was never a hangover. She never cooked a meal for anyone he loved. She has never been afraid to come home late at night. He never felt insecure because someone he went to high school with 20 years ago was incredibly successful,” Soderbergh said. “I’m not afraid of it. It’s just another tool. If it helps you finish a first draft of a script, fine. But can she finish that thing and make it awesome on her own? No way.”
“Full Circle” premieres July 13 on Max. Check out the trailer below.