Solaris Not an Easy Sell

According to actor George Clooney in this article, “This film won’t probably open great, and probably will have a modest run.” He’s speaking of the new sci-fi film Solaris, written and directed by Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh (“Traffic”) and produced by James Cameron (“Terminator, Aliens, Titanic”). The movie, which opens November 27, is based on a classic Stanislaw Lem novel, which was later translated to film in 1972 by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. “It was a tough movie to figure out how to sell,” Soderbergh admitted. “Can you sell it as ‘2001’ and have anybody show up?” Adds Clooney, “The marketing so far has been pretty dismal. It has nothing to do with the film, the stuff that I’ve seen. I think it was one of those things where they were going, ‘How do we sell this? Maybe we can sell it through sex.'” But it’s not about that, it’s about loss–of a loved one, of innocence, of sanity. “Solaris is a movie Steven is very nervous about,” Clooney says. “It scared him to make it and it scares him in selling it – which makes it fun. It scares the $#@! out of me. But it’s a good air to be in, to be in a place where you might blow it.”

Update [2002-11-19 9:50:34 by Drog]: Some good comments from James Cameron can be found here.