Cinemax has yet to premiere Steven Soderbergh's new TV series The Knick, but the cable network has already renewed it for a second season. The series stars Clive Owen and is set in downtown New York in 1900, and it focuses "on Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff, who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics."
Soderbergh talked to Variety about the series and revealed that he will return as director and direct all 10-episodes of season 2.
"I’m going to do all 10 — you’re seeing a trend now of … a sense that there’s a positive aspect to having a visual language that’s very specific and very unified throughout the show. It’s not only creatively satisfying, but also, practically speaking, better … in terms of economics … we schedule it like a film."
I love that he's coming back to direct the series. I love his directing style, and I'm glad he hasn't completely retired. Hell, he's directing 20 hours of entertainment! The director continues:
"11 months ago, I did not think I’d be sitting here talking about 10 hours of material that is behind us and 10 hours in front of us, but I had a very similar reaction to the one Clive had when I read the first script … I knew that, as the first person who got to take a look at it, the second person who was going to see it would say yes. My whole life, I’ve moved in any direction that I felt was going to engage me and excite me."
I'm incredibly excited about this series. I've been fascinated about the history of medicine for a long time, and the show looks absolutely incredible.