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Soderbergh's "Haywire" Coming in 2012, Demands Celebration of His "Fabulousness"

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Soderbergh's "Haywire" Coming in 2012, Demands Celebration of His "Fabulousness"

Melinda Sue Gordon

ELLEN BARKIN, who stars as Abigail Sponder, and director STEVEN SODERBERGH on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures� and Village Roadshow Pictures� �Ocean�s Thirteen,� distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film also stars George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Don Cheadle, Bernie Mac and Al Pacino. PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE USED SOLELY FOR ADVERTISING, PROMOTION, PUBLICITY OR REVIEWS OF THIS SPECIFIC MOTION PICTURE AND TO REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THE STUDIO. NOT FOR SALE OR REDISTRIBUTION.

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Steven Soderbergh's black-ops thriller will finally arrive next January, about year before the director insists he's retiring.

Relativity Media has picked up "Haywire," starring MMA star Gina Carano in the title role, and plans to release the film Jan. 20, 2012. Carano is surrounded by an experienced and talented cast that includes Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender,  Antonio Banderas, Bill Paxton, Michael Douglas and Michael Angarano.

Here's the film's official synopsis, per the Relativity press release, via Deadline:

In Haywire, an electrifying tale of espionage and betrayal, a female covert ops specialist (MMA star Gina Carano), who works in the deadly world of international operatives, strikes back after discovering she’s been double-crossed by someone close to her in the agency.

In January 2013, Soderbergh will turn 50, the age at which he has announced he'll call it quits, a plan he told Deadline he was sticking to, despite the industry's failure to use the forewarning to plan some sort of fete.

"I figured by giving them two years lead time, they would line up those lifetime achievement awards, but there have been no calls or anything," Soderbergh told Deadline, adding that he's still hoping for, "The Oprah thing. A year-long daily celebration of my fabulousness would be nice. Or maybe just a smallish parade."

Soderbergh then went on to hedge his retirement plan, but says he's bored with the grammar of film and feels like he's in a rut. The guy helped changed American cinema some 20-odd years ago, and has been among the most progressive and daring filmmakers of his age, we find it hard to believe he can't find new challenges in the medium.

But worst case scenario, he sticks to his guns and we still have "Haywire," "Contagion," "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.," "Magic Mike" and Liberace" to look forward to. So that's something.

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