Steven Soderbergh continues to be one of the most exciting directors working, despite the fact that he wanted to retire from filmmaking at one point (but we all knew that shit wasn't going to take). On top of helming one of last year's true sleepers in Logan Lucky, he's also stealthily shot an iPhone horror film, which is coming for you in a few months.
Titled Unsane (no relation to the legendary skate thrash band of the same name), it stars Claire Foy (The Crown) as a woman dealing with a weirdo stalker before getting committed to an asylum, possibly against her will. The trailer for Soderbergh's latest dropped today, and it's got a whole lot of digitally fractured tension built into De Palma-esque "woman in danger" thrills (complete with an Amy Irving appearance!).
Take a look:
Perhaps what's most intriguing about Soderbergh's next is that the medium it's shot on could play into the film's themes about digital stalking (the spot opens with the main character receiving a string of unwanted texts on her own device, after all). Apparently, Soderbergh - who's been advancing digital cinema since the early aughts with Full Frontal and Bubble - is pleased as punch to continue what Sean Baker started with Tangerine, recently telling Indiewire:
"Anybody going to see this movie who has no idea of the backstory to the production will have no idea this was shot on the phone. I've seen [Unsane] 40 feet tall. It looks like velvet."
"Velvet" may be a stretch, but it certainly looks moody as hell (and anybody's who's seen Tangerine knows the tech can be enhanced with lenses to wonderful effect). Here's hoping the rest of us love Unsane as much as its director does when it drops March 23rd.