The director of the renowned pandemic thriller Contagion has shared that he’s now working on a ‘philosophical’ sequel to the movie and has revealed that it will be set in a ‘different context’.
With an all-star cast including Marion Cotillard, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Ehle, and Sanaa Lathan, the 2011 flick found a renewed relevance this year due to the pandemic.
The film followed the rapid spread of a fictional deadly virus transmitted through respiratory droplets…rings a bell? When it landed on Netflix in April, everyone tuned in to laugh and cry at the relatability of the plot.
The director, Steven Soderbergh, has now shard he’s working on a sequel, ‘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.’
For Contagion, Soderbergh and writer Burns were inspired by epidemics like the 2002-2004 SARS outbreak and the 2009 swine flu pandemic. In fact, Burns consulted with the WHO and other medical experts when writing the script, which helps explains why it so closely resembled this year’s events.
In fact, Burns revealed, ‘It has been very strange to me, whether on social media or in conversations with friends, that people will say to me, ‘This is uncanny how similar it is. And I don’t find it to be that surprising, because the scientists I spoke to, and there were a lot of them, all said that this was a matter of when, not if.’