Steven Soderbergh is reteaming with his Contagion and The Informant! screenwriter Scott Z. Burns on The Bitter Pill which is currently being pitched around town and would fill the void in Soderbergh’s schedule left by his exit from Warner Bros’ big screen adaptation of The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Both THR and The Playlist are claiming an exclusive on this one, but The Playlist has more details, so let’s go with them.

Originally titled The Side Effects, Burns originally intended to direct The Bitter Pill himself.

Born out of research for Peter Berg‘s swiftly cancelled TV drama “Wonderland,” the project, according to Burns, “deals with people and their moods. It’s about how we as a society can’t tolerate sadness and what that makes us vulnerable to.” But it certainly leans towards a genre thriller. Our source compared the New York-set film to “Fatal Attraction,” while Burns told us in an interview earlier in the year that, “It’s definitely got a twist.”

“It’s a story where it’s like if someone were listening to the conversation you and I were having and thought ‘Hmmm, if that’s the way that society is working how can I manipulate that, how can I use that?’ And that’s what the movie’s about,” Burns elaborated.

Soderbergh’s next picture, the stripped down action thriller Haywire starring Gina Carano opens in January.

via: The Playlist


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