Steven Soderbergh Took Inspiration From Taylor Swift for His Next Project


  • Steven Soderbergh is inspired by Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour for his next project, analyzing large-scale cooperative endeavors that work.
  • Soderbergh hints at a comedic, musical project with a goal to make the audience feel “different.”
  • The Eras Tour is the highest-grossing tour by a woman in history, surpassing Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour.

The acclaimed director of both Traffic and Erin Brockovich, Steven Soderbergh, is looking to an unlikely source for his next project: Taylor Swift. The 61-year-old writer/director took home the Academy Award in 2001 for Best Director thanks to Traffic, and was also nominated that same year for Erin Brockovich, an occurrence that hadn’t happened since 1938. Since then, he’s gone on to direct such favorites as the Ocean’s trilogy, Contagion, and Magic Mike.

Speaking with Variety during a roundtable interview at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in the Czech Republic, Soderbergh revealed that he’s a huge fan of Taylor Swift and The Eras Tour. He called the 34-year-old singer-songwriter “relentless” while at the same time saying he agrees with those who choose to teach college courses about the performer and her success.

“People laugh that there is
a college class being taught about her
and I go, ‘There should be.’ What she is doing, the way she is doing it… Nobody has ever done this before. The amount of control she has taken over.
She is relentless

It was after that he revealed that he’s been thinking a lot about Swift’s Eras Tour when it comes to his next project. He says the large scale production “works,” leading him to ponder why can’t the human race figure out its various conflicts around the globe if we can unite to make something like a concert a success.

“I have been thinking
about a project in which I analyze large scale
, cooperative endeavors that work. Airports. Why do airports work? Or AA? You look at the Taylor Swift concert,
at this whole tour and it works
. So why can’t we figure out
Syria or any other conflict?

While Soderbergh didn’t go into much detail regarding what, exactly, his next project would be following his upcoming spy thriller, Black Bag, he did hint that it could lean more toward the comedic side with a musical element. He says that he wants the audience to come away from the project feeling “different.”

is a great delivery system
for an idea and nothing lights up the brain like music, so
this project better be funny and there should be some musical component
as a way to open people up. I want you to come out on the other side after you see it,
and feel different

Steven Soderbergh Says He’s “Fascinated” by Taylor Swift’s Success

He Even Tried to Get Tickets to The Eras Tour

Beginning on March 17, 2023, Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour kicked off in Glendale, Arizona, and is currently in its second year with three upcoming performances in Amsterdam beginning July 4. The tour is expected to bring in more than $2 billion dollars total, and is currently the highest-grossing tour by a woman in history, easily surpassing Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour in 2023. A theatrical version of the event was released in October 2023, and went on to earn $267 million at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing concert film of all-time.

For Steven Soderbergh, he says that he is “fascinated” by Swift’s success story, which led to him being inspired by the singer for his next project.

“These stories about doing the whole show on a treadmill, just to make sure she can do it?! It’s a success story and I am fascinated by that.”


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While Soderbergh’s frequent writing partner, David Koepp, was able to score tickets to The Eras Tour for him and his daughter, the director says he hasn’t been as lucky, and has had to settle with watching the concert film at home. Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version) made its way to Disney+ in March 2024, quickly becoming the most-viewed music film in the streamers’ nearly five-year history.

“David Koepp took his daughter to see the show and said, ‘You cannot believe what it’s like to be there.’ I would go if I could. There aren’t any tickets! But I watched the film.”

Steven Soderbergh’s latest psychological-thriller, Presence, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, with distribution rights being snatched up by Neon. There’s no word yet on a theatrical release date. His follow-up film, the spy thriller Black Bag, is described by the director as “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf where George and Martha are in the intelligence community.” Filming began on May 6, 2024, and like Presence, a release date has yet to be set.

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