Gwyneth Paltrow's Contagion is getting a "philosophical sequel"

Dan Seddon
·2-min read
Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

From Digital Spy

Steven Soderbergh's pandemic thriller Contagion is set to receive a "philosophical sequel".

The writer/director himself teased the project during a recent stint on the Happy Sad Confused podcast – nine years since his star-stacked movie hit the big screen.

As fans of Contagion will know, its events uncannily mirror the landscape we find ourselves living in today, with the coronavirus crisis still very much rumbling on.

Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Warner Bros.

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"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 revealed.

"You'll kind of look at the two of them as kind of paired but very different hair colours. 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 hotfoot it a little bit," he also pointed out.

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Back in March, when COVID-19 first forced national lockdowns to be introduced, Burns referenced his conversations with scientists while penning Contagion all those years ago.

"The scientists I spoke to, and there were a lot of them, all said that this was a matter of when, not if," he told Slate.

"So, I guess my feeling as someone who believes in science is that when scientists tell us those things we would do well to listen."

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