Remember that movie Contagion released nine years ago, that kind-of predicted COVID-19? And when it was first released we all thought a full-scale global pandemic would never actually happen? Yeah, well Director Steven Soderbergh is working on a sequel with screenwriter Scott Burns, and it will touch on similar themes.
Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Soderbergh revealed that the new film will be a “philosophical” sequel to the OG movie.
“I’ve got a project in development that Scott Burns is working with me on, that’s a kind of philosophical sequel to ‘Contagion,’ but in a different context,” Soderbergh said.
“You’ll kind of look at the two of them as kind of paired, but very different hair colours. So, Scott and I had been talking about, ‘So, what’s the next iteration of a ‘Contagion’-type story?’ We have been working on that; we should probably hot-foot it a little bit.”
If you haven’t seen the original movie, it’s about how a deadly virus spreads to millions of people worldwide, while the US Centre for Disease Control and WHO race to figure out what it is and create a vaccine. Sound familiar????
I remember seeing it cinemas and getting shivers seeing the final scene of the movie, where we discover how the virus actually spread. Spoiler: it’s through animals.
It all feels a little bit foreboding, and if you’re easily anxious I would not recommend watching.
Funnily enough, when COVID first spread around the globe earlier this year, popularity for the film skyrocketed. On January 28, the film hit the #10 position on the iTunes charts, according to Indie Wire.
The folks at Bustle even spoke to three medical professionals and had them debunk any inaccuracies from the film. But believe it or not, there are quite a few similarities between our pandemic and the one in the film. You can read about what’s fact or fiction in the film here.
Listen to the full interview below: