I’m not sure why I was a little surprised by the recent news that Steven Soderbergh was set to begin production on Knockout, an action film in the vein of La Femme Nikita starring mixed martial artist Gina Carano. Every announcement from Soderbergh is almost willfully unpredictable. The guy clearly likes to mix it up and challenge himself and if he can squeeze a credible performance out of a porn star (The Girlfriend Experience) or complete amateurs (Bubble) or Andie MacDowell (Sex Lies and Videotape), surely he can do the same for the relatively inexperienced Ms. Carano.
Empire sneaks in a few interesting questions in an upcoming interview with Soderbergh, the entirety of which will be on newstands tomorrow.
Soderbergh describes Knockout as “a combination of a Bond movie and Point Blank…more on the scale of From Russia With Love than, you know, Quantum Of Solace… Something where the characters and the story are as prominent as the action stuff.”
He also addresses working once again with screenwriter Lem Dobbs and whether there would be a replay of the sparks that flew between the contentious pair on the DVD commentary track for The Limey:
“Oh, you can fuckin’ bet the farm on that!” says Soderbergh, laughing. “He’s absolutely gonna give me a hard time. I’ve already thought about that, like, Oh boy, you know, this is going to be round two. There’s no question. This is absolutely the rematch that people have been waiting for.”