Steven Soderbergh & Clive Owen’s Cinemax TV Show ‘The Knick’ Gets Teaser Trailer

Published 7 months ago by , Updated March 14th, 2014 at 6:02 pm,

Steven Soderbergh may be the busiest retired filmmaker ever. Following the release of his last two feature films, Side Effects and HBO’s Behind the Candelabra, we learned that Soderbergh was teaming up with Clive Owen to bring period medical drama The Knick to Cinemax.

Period shows are something of a specialty for premium networks like HBO, which subsidize and sustain the budget for projects like Todd Haynes’ miniseries remake of Mildred Pierce or Boardwalk Empire, but Cinemax’s original programming has trended toward the action-packed.

The Knick will join the ranks of Cinemax shows  Strike Back, Hunted and Bansheeand while we could have guessed the tone would differ significantly from those offerings, we had no clue as to just how much until now. The first teaser trailer for The Knick has arrived, and you can watch it above.

It may be brief, but the stills of the blood-soaked cast against this moody, ominous soundtrack is dripping with atmosphere. With this in mind, we can look at this synopsis of the show in a slightly different light:

Set in downtown New York in 1900, THE KNICK centers on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics. The writing team of Jack Amiel and Michael Begler (Raising HelenBig Miracle), who wrote the pilot for the series, will serve as executive producers, along with Soderbergh, Owen, Michael Sugar (Rendition) and Gregory Jacobs (Behind the Candelabra).

Clive Owen in The Knick teaser trailer Steven Soderbergh & Clive Owens Cinemax TV Show The Knick Gets Teaser Trailer

If The Knick‘s overall mood ends up reflecting that teaser’s offbeat, even playful tone – a smirking Clive Owen covered in blood spatters manages to say quite a bit – Soderbergh and Owen could have something unique in store for audiences. The fact that Soderbergh will be directing all ten of the season 1 episodes also ups the expectations for the The Knick to a significant degree, since this model reflects that of HBO’s True Detective, in which all eight episodes have Jane Eyre director Cary Fukunaga at the helm.

Given the overall stellar quality of True Detective, audiences have seen just how much this kind of show benefits from having the vision of one director throughout its run. This, coupled with Soderbergh’s acknowledged mastery of just about any genre or medium he puts his hands to, places The Knick high on the list of 2014′s most anticipated shows.

The ongoing question of how The Knick will be received by the core audiences of Cinemax’s original offerings remains significant, but we’ll have a better idea of what to expect once a full-length trailer surfaces. Expect this to happen soon, since The Knick is expected to premiere later this year.

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The Knick will premiere on Cinemax sometime in 2014.

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  1. The music reminds me of the American Horror Story theme

  2. Looks like a slightly more adult version of a lot of period dramas in the UK over the decades (Call The Midwife, Heartbeat, The Royal, Mr Selfridge that all focus on 1950s midwives, 1960s police in Yorkshire, a hospital at the turn of the 20th centure and the opening of the first Selfridges store in London in the early years of the 20th century respectively).

    I don’t normally watch medical shows because they don’t really hold my attention (Casualty is the only one, even House bored me despite growing up with Hugh Laurie on TV a lot paired with Stephen Fry) but this looks ok.

    Hope it gets picked up in the UK.

  3. Clive Owen could really use a good role,he has been off the spotlight for far too long.

    • Yes he does i always thought he would be a good choice for james bond before they cast Daniel Craig. He’s a good actor so he must have been asked for some big roles in 2006 when children of men and inside man came out but he never has been in any truly big roles.

  4. Could be interesting… Definitely like Clive Owen, and would love to see him get some more recent success.

    About “Hunted” on Cinemax… is that show ever coming back? Loved Melissa George, and thought they had a lot to expand on in season 2, but I have heard nothing about it in a long time.

    • No, sadly Hunted has been cancelled and isn’t coming back. Sorry.

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