While Steven Soderbergh is notoriously indecisive when it comes to the type of filmmaker he would like to be — causing him to move suddenly and irregularly between blockbuster, independent, and micro-budget projects — the one consistent throughout his career has been his knack for films about criminals. From the “Ocean’s 11” franchise to his underseen adaptation of Elmore Leonard‘s “Out of Sight,” Soderbergh is arguably at his best when making films about people who find themselves on the wrong side of the law. That’s what makes the director’s upcoming film “Logan Lucky,” about a pair of siblings who decide to rob a NASCAR race, one of the most highly anticipated movies of the summer. And now you can see a brand new photo from the film, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, in the section below.
“Logan Lucky” may feature one of the most impressive casts of the year: Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, and Daniel Craig are the headliners, but the movie will also feature Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, David Denman, and Macon Blair. Whew. And as if that weren’t enough, in the Entertainment Weekly article, Soderbergh also admits he’s trying out a new form of distribution:
There’s no one component that hasn’t been done before, but I think it’s a combination of components. There have been advancements in technology that make it a lot easier to get a movie out in 3,000 screens than it was even two years ago. The economic model is pretty simple. You sell the foreign to cover the cost of the [film] negative. We sell the non-theatrical rights to cover the cost of the [prints and advertising], and that’s it. It’s really simple. People have done this before. The distribution part is only a little different because we control it in a way that you normally don’t get to control distribution.
If anyone can discover a model for theatrical distribution that hasn’t been capitalized upon yet, it’s Soderbergh. The director may dislike being boxed into a corner, but with films like “Logan Lucky,” he can hopefully hit the right intersection of financial success and industry experimentation.
Here’s the full synopsis for “Logan Luck” courtesy of the Bleecker Street Media website:
Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“Logan Lucky” will hit theaters on August 18, 2017.