When director Steven Soderbergh ("Ocean's Eleven," "Magic Mike") announced that he fully intended on following through with his long-discussed retirement, film fanatics everywhere mourned, crying deeply into their Criterion Blu-ray box set of "Che" and wondering what would become of modern cinema.
But he hasn't exactly been resting on his laurels (if that were even possible) -- several of his older films have either been reissued in HD (like "King of the Hill") or are currently being worked on ("Kafka," finally), he's just directed an off-Broadway play in New York ("The Library," written by his frequent collaborator Scott Z. Burns) and, over on his website, he does continually weird stuff like re-editing "Psycho" and "Heaven's Gate."
But the biggest, most ambitious, and most hotly anticipated post-retirement Soderbergh joint is happening this summer: "The Knick," a limited-run Cinemax series that stars Clive Owen as a doctor working at the Knickerbocker Hospital in turn-of-the-century New York. And the first full teaser aired last night before "Game of Thrones," which we handily have for your viewing pleasure below.
The teaser features this weirdly dissonant music (no clue on who provides the score for the series, although you can bet it'll be one of Soderbergh's regulars) over flashes of super gross surgeries and unhygienic practices. "We live in a time of endless possibility," Owen narrates. And the series looks like one of endless possibilities too: this is going to be great.
While a premiere date has yet to be set, it's still supposed to be coming this summer. And we can't wait.