While Steven Soderbergh’s movie-making plans are still on hold, his TV-making plans keep piling up. The Soderbergh-directed Cinemax series The Knick debuts in August, and according to TheWrap, Starz has just ordered a television adaptation of Soderbergh’s experimental 2009 drama The Girlfriend Experience, to be produced by Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman. Unlike the movie—which starred Sasha Grey as a high-class escort whose business was affected by the global fiscal meltdown of 2008—the 13 half-hour episodes of the proposed television series will be an anthology, tracking different characters in the “world of modern courtesans.” Also unlike the movie, Soderbergh won’t be handling the direction, and the scripts won’t be written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien. Instead, the entire series will be written and directed by top-notch indie auteurs Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz.
Starz’s CEO Chris Albrecht—who previously worked with Soderbegh on the HBO series K Street—says of the project, “Steven and Philip’s approach to the format is unique and not something seen on the entertainment landscape today.” Personally, I’m most excited by the choice of Kerrigan and Seimetz to helm the series. Kerrigan has been doing more television than movies lately (including some of the better episodes of Homeland and The Americans), but his films Clean, Shaven and Keane are two of the most gripping indie dramas of the past 20 years; and while Seimetz is probably best-known for her outstanding performances in Upstream Color and the TV series The Killing and Family Tree, her 2012 feature-directing debut Sun Don’t Shine is quite assured, with a strong visual texture. If Soderbergh’s going to spend his downtime giving jobs to great filmmakers like these two, than he’s using this stage of his career well.