Steven SoderberghMatt Damon says that Steven Soderbergh still plans to retire at the age of 51, according to Los Angeles Times. That would be in January 2014, which would mark the 25th anniversary of the Sundance premiere of sex, lies and videotape, his debut feature.

Soderbergh began talking about retirement nearly two years ago, telling Esquire: "That's a lot of time to do one thing. And it'll be, like, 30 movies. And that's enough. I don't want to have that falloff. I want to go out with 'Abbey Road.'" A few months later, Soderbergh spoke with an "air of tired resignation" to The Guardian UK about the possibility of doing a few more films and then just disappearing. We profiled Soderbergh's career at the time and speculated that the punishing schedule (and disappointing returns) for his epic 'Che,' combined with last-minute script disagreements about 'Moneyball' (which led to his departure from the project) may have laid him low for a period. But Damon's comments spark the question: Should Soderbergh retire? And a related, more general, query: What other directors should get out of the film business?
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