HBO Max has picked up the rights to Steven Soderbergh's next movie, Let Them All Talk. In a time where streaming is rapidly evolving the way people consume media, Soderbergh has been at the forefront of filmmakers who've embraced the changes and striven to use them to serve their own storytelling interests. He released one of his iPhone-shot projects, High-Flying Bird, as a Netflix Original earlier this year (shortly after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival), and already has another movie lined up for the streamer in the form of The Laundromat.
The upcoming film is based on Jake Bernstein's non-fiction book, Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite, and stars Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, and Antonio Banderas in leading roles. It's set to screen at the fast-approaching Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals, and could end up giving Netflix another contender in the awards race to come this fall (in addition to movies like The Irishman). In the meantime, Soderbergh and Streep have already gone ahead and gotten to work on their next streaming original together.
As reported by Deadline, HBO Max has picked up the rights to Soderbergh and Streep's new film, Let Them All Talk. Production on the movie began last week in New York and will continue aboard the Queen Mary 2 and in the UK over the forthcoming weeks. In a statement about the news, HBO Max's head of original content, Sarah Aubrey, expressed her excitement about the film, saying:
“To work with Steven Soderbergh and this all-star cast led by Meryl Streep is thrilling and sets the standard for features at HBO Max”.
Written by Deborah Eisenberg (a relative lesser-known), Let Them All Talk revolves around a celebrated author (Streep) who takes a trip with some of her oldest friends to have fun, unwind, and, just maybe, heal a few wounds in the process. Lucas Hedges (Ben is Back) costars in the film as Streep's onscreen nephew, who ends up getting romantically involved with a young literacy agent played by Captain Marvel and Crazy Rich Asians star Gemma Chan. Candice Bergen (Murphy Brown) and Dianne West (Life in Pieces) further round out the cast as two of Streep's longtime acquaintances.
Never one to repeat himself, Soderbergh is keeping things interesting by tackling a story about the friendships between a group of older women here. Let Them All Talk also gives HBO Max a fine addition to their original content library, to go along with its newly-ordered Practical Magic prequel pilot, Rules of Magic, from Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. Soderbergh's 2013 Liberace memoir, Behind the Candelabra, previously earned HBO some of its highest ratings for an original TV movie in a decade, so there's already a track record of successful collaborations between the filmmaker and the cable giant at large. And as Aubrey observed in her statement, kicking things off with a Soderbergh-Streep movie certainly sets the bar high for HBO Max's features moving forward.
Let Them All Talk doesn't have a premiere date yet.