Steven Soderbergh Is Working on the "Philosophical" Sequel to 'Contagion'

"We should probably hot-foot it a little bit"
Steven Soderbergh Is Working on the 'Philosophical' Sequel to 'Contagion'
Steven Soderbergh's 2011 pandemic film Contagion became disturbingly relevant in 2020, with the coronavirus outbreak inspiring the movie's stars to reunite for a series of PSA warnings back in early lockdown days. Now, seemingly inspired by the virus' deadly second wave, Soderbergh is mulling over a possible sequel to the film, a sort of "philosophical" follow-up for the post-COVID era. 

In a new interview with Josh Horowitz for the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Soderbergh spoke about teaming up with Contagion screenwriter Scott Z. Burns to revisit the themes of the prophetic epidemic thriller in a new 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," he elaborated. "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."

The untitled project appears to still be in its very early stages, so there are few other details surrounding Soderbergh's plans for the film so far. Even if the "context" of the film is up for revision, we're still hoping we get to relive that dramatic Gwyneth Paltrow death in some form. 

Listen to the full interview below, where you can also revisit the original film's trailer.