It’s not that Mr. Soderbergh went into artistic exile; he has continued to work on projects like “The Knick,” a desirous Cinemax duration play that has now been canceled.

“Logan Lucky” is not his splashy re-emergence from any retirement, nor any matter on present-day America. It’s usually a kind of story he likes to tell, maybe since he sees a moviemaking routine — when it’s executed rightly — as a possess ideal crime.

As Mr. Soderbergh explained, “You’ve got a crazy idea. Odds are, it’s not going to work out, or during slightest not going to go a approach we think. You put a group together, things go wrong, we come out a other finish and hopefully we survive.”


Logan Lucky

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Sitting in his TriBeCa bureau one late Jul morning, a wiry Mr. Soderbergh, 54, was an rare masculine in an rare room. He wore horn-rimmed eyeglasses and a T-shirt that review “A Mike Nichols Film,” and a tiny work space was flashy with knickknacks like a Peabody Award for “The Knick” and a sagging cat balloon (“Wishing You a Purr-fect Birthday”).

When he talks about his movies, in his enthusiastic, sensitively heated way, it is a therapy where he creates on-the-fly realizations he missed during a filmmaking process.

“On set, people are conscious what I’m doing by following me and saying where we stop,” he explained. “Sometimes, until somebody asks me, we don’t even know how it works.”

And nonetheless he can be self-deprecating, Mr. Soderbergh, an Academy Award leader for his crisscrossing drug-trade account “Traffic,” is lethal vicious when he says he is never going behind to creation a films he used to.


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“I’ve unequivocally mislaid my seductiveness as a executive — not as a author or spectator — in anything that smells important,” he said. “It usually doesn’t seductiveness to me during all anymore. we left that in a jungle somewhere.”

After a career of eccentric breakthroughs (“sex, lies and videotape”), mainstream hits (“Erin Brockovich”) and occasional oddities (“Full Frontal”), Mr. Soderbergh pronounced he was altered for a worse by “Che,” his biographical film about Che Guevara, that was expelled in dual tools in 2008.

That film was a hasten to financial — European investors finished adult balance a estimated $58 million bill — and a toil to shoot; Mr. Soderbergh spent about dual and a half months on it and still found himself wishing he’d had some-more time. “Che” finished adult a vicious success though a blurb dud, and it soured Mr. Soderbergh on supposed status films. “‘Che’ kick that out of me,” he said.

He spent a few years directing crowd-pleasers and genre cinema like “Contagion” and “Magic Mike.” Then, amid some baleful self-assessments — “In terms of my career, we can see a finish of it,” he told The Guardian in 2009 — Mr. Soderbergh veered into stage plays like “The Library” and TV projects like “The Knick” and a Liberace biopic “Behind a Candelabra.”

Mr. Soderbergh pronounced he was lured behind to melodramatic facilities in tumble 2014, when he perceived a screenplay for “Logan Lucky,” credited to Rebecca Blunt. Though Mr. Soderbergh dictated usually to furnish a film and find another executive for it, he was drawn to what he felt was a script’s consolation for working-class characters who get to be some-more than caricatures.

“They warn we with their suspicion routine and their worldview,” he said. “The pretence is to use stereotypes to set a list and afterwards hopefully warn people.”


Adam Driver, left, and Channing Tatum in “Logan Lucky.”

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Mr. Tatum, who worked with Mr. Soderbergh on “Magic Mike” and other movies, pronounced a executive had a talent for “the art of problem-solving,” though combined that anyone in his position can be receptive to “problem fatigue.”

“When you’re a director, everybody looks to we for everything,” Mr. Tatum said. “What tone is a coop going to be, Steven? What time do we wish to hang today, Steven? It’s all eyes on you, all a time.”


George Clooney, left, and Brad Pitt in Mr. Soderbergh’s ‘‘Ocean’s Eleven.”

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By holding a mangle from film, Mr. Tatum said, “he usually wanted to change a radio hire for a minute, off of something he was so used to — to shake things up.”


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“Logan Lucky” authorised Mr. Soderbergh to keep finish artistic control and avoid a Hollywood studios: in a plan devised by Fingerprint Releasing (Mr. Soderbergh’s company) and Bleecker Street (an eccentric distributor), a film will open in during slightest 2,500 theaters, Mr. Soderbergh said.

On a set final year, Mr. Driver said, Mr. Soderbergh worked fast and decisively. “Nothing seems to unequivocally confuse him,” Mr. Driver said. “He trusts his instincts and knows when he’s gentle with relocating on. It feels like kind of a protest, about how films are conventionally made.”

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Even when Mr. Soderbergh doesn’t transparent his intentions, “he is indeed vocalization shrill and clear, though he’s usually not articulate to anybody,” Mr. Driver pronounced with a laugh. “You get a clarity of, what does he need to say? He’s doing it.”

Mr. Soderbergh, who infrequently works pseudonymously as his possess editor and executive of photography, is a one-man rope and also a trickster. The Hollywood Reporter has questioned either Ms. Blunt, a “Logan Lucky” screenwriter, exists, and suggested that a film was in fact created by Mr. Soderbergh himself; or by a TV horde Jules Asner, his wife; or by a comedian John Henson.

On Twitter, Mr. Soderbergh posted, “Rebecca Blunt is not a pseudonym for a masculine writer. She is a woman, and she wrote LOGAN LUCKY wholly by herself.” He told me simply that she was “highly amused” by this conjecture and found it “very entertaining,” adding that Ms. Blunt — who has no other credits on her IMDb page — was bustling with another essay assignment and taken for comment.

Asked about trade publication reports that pronounced he was directing a new film with Claire Foy and Juno Temple that he shot on an iPhone, Mr. Soderbergh offering a intense if clever rebuttal.

“You could disagree that it’s a ideal feign story, right?” he said. “It sounds plausible.” He concurred he had met with Ms. Foy and knows Ms. Temple by friends.

He does not spend most time anguish projects that he feels mislaid their momentum, like “The Knick,” a critically acclaimed array that starred Clive Owen as a surgeon in early 20th-century New York. Mr. Soderbergh had destined 20 episodes over dual prior seasons, and there were scripts prepared for a intensity third season, created by a creators, Jack Amiel and Michael Begler. Even so, Cinemax canceled “The Knick” in March.


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Many factors played into this decision, Mr. Soderbergh said, including a altogether cost of a uncover — “when we get adult into a $6 million an hour range, that’s not cheap,” he pronounced — and Cinemax’s preference to concentration on action-oriented programming.

Ultimately, he did not lay a censure for a show’s termination during anyone’s feet. “External army were during play that had zero to do with a uncover itself,” he said.


Riley Keough in “Lucky Logan.” The singer has worked with Mr. Soderbergh several times and says other directors ask her some-more mostly about Mr. Soderbergh than about her grandfather, Elvis Presley.

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Ms. Keough, who also seemed in “Magic Mike” and starred in a TV instrumentation of Mr. Soderbergh’s film “The Girlfriend Experience,” pronounced he is “always perplexing to do things that are a small bit risky.”

She added, “I could suppose that would be unequivocally stressful. But he unequivocally doesn’t uncover me that side of him.”

Nearly each other executive she has worked with, she said, has asked her what it is like to work with Mr. Soderbergh. “I get asked about Steven Soderbergh some-more than we get asked about my grandfather, honestly,” pronounced Ms. Keough, who is a granddaughter of Elvis Presley.

Mr. Soderbergh does not see himself this way, and frequency expects that compelling “Logan Lucky” as his lapse to film theaters will enforce anyone to see it.

Pointing to filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and Martin Scorsese, he said, “There are some directors whose names meant something to a ubiquitous public. Mine’s not one of them.”

In a films and TV shows he collaborates on now — either “Mosaic,” an interactive film he has destined for HBO, or “Ocean’s Eight,” an all-star female-led heist film starring Sandra Bullock and Rihanna that he is producing for a executive Gary Ross — Mr. Soderbergh pronounced his usually idea was to tell stories that are accessible, not esoteric.


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“It’s unequivocally easy to make a film that 5 people understand,” he said. “It’s unequivocally tough to make something that a lot of people understand, and nonetheless is not obvious, still has refinement and ambiguity, and leaves we with something to do as a viewer.”

Among a contemporaries whose work vehement him, he singled out M. Night Shyamalan, a oft-derided torment director. He has revived himself with new cinema like “The Visit” and “Split,” Mr. Soderbergh said, adding, “He went behind to his roots and has rebuilt himself, and is right behind where he was.”

Given a choice, Mr. Soderbergh has no seductiveness in being a celebrity and would most rather let his work pronounce for himself. Anonymity, he said, suits him usually fine.

Looking forward to subsequent year’s recover of “Ocean’s Eight,” he said, “I can’t wait for Rihanna to see a film and it says ‘Produced by Steven Soderbergh,’ and she’s like, ‘Who a ruin is that?’ Because I’ve never met her. I’ve seen her, though I’ve never met a woman.”

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