One of my favourites of last year was Steven Soderbergh‘s Contagion, a wonderful blend of drama and horror that played out a nightmarish what-if scenario about a killer virus. It wrapped up beautifully too, drawing a close to its central drama and bringing a lot of what had gone before into fresh, sharp focus.
I didn’t expect we’d ever see a sequel. Much like I would never have expected a sequel to Chinatown, The 400 Blows or The Hustler.
According to The Wrap, Warner Bros. have issued an open writing assignment on the film. Scott Z. Burns, who wrote the original picture, is going to produce and if Soderbergh is going to be involved in any capacity, we don’t yet know what it will be.
Seems unlikely that he’ll direct, what with him retiring this year and all, but…
And quite how this film will be a sequel to the last also remains to be seen. It’s not yet clear if Burns has a premise that he’ll want to writers to fit too, if part of the OWA will be to pitch a new take.
There’s still a lot of rich thematic material to be mined here and I hope that the new film is very distinct from the first. I’ll be cautiously optimistic about this one, and keep an eye out for developments.