Clearly, “retirement” means something else in Soderberghland.
Though the Academy Award-winning director has stuck to his promise to stop directing feature films since 2012 (when he shot Behind the Candelabra), Soderbergh has hardly stopped making art in the intervening years. Recent projects include directing Cinemax’s 10-episode period drama The Knick (premiering this summer), helming an Off-Broadway play starring Chloe Grace Moretz, editing together a mashup of Hitchcock’s Psycho and Gus Van Sant’s Psycho, executive producing a TV series based on his 2009 indie film The Girlfriend Experience for Starz—and, now, overseeing another TV show, this time for Amazon.
The retail giant announced today that it has added a fifth and final series to its third pilot season: the ’80s-set coming-of-age comedy Red Oaks, executive produced by Soderbergh and directed by David Gordon Green (of Eastbound & Down and Pineapple Express fame).
Red Oaks follows a college student (Craig Roberts, Submarine) who meets a cast of colorful characters during his summer job at the eponymous country club. Those characters include a “corporate raider” played by Mad About You’s Paul Reiser and his daughter, an “alluring” art student (Alexandra Socha, Royal Pains). Richard Kind (A Serious Man), Jennifer Grey (Dirty Dancing), and Oliver Cooper (Californication) also star in the pilot.
Like the rest of Amazon’s productions, Red Oaks will debut on Prime Instant Video later this year; customer feedback will determine which pilots are picked up and developed into full series.