`Erin Brockovich` director to retire from filmmaking

Last Updated: Mar 11, 2011, 16:34 PM IST

Los Angeles: Steven Soderbergh, the man behind `Ocean`s Eleven` franchise and `Erin Brockovich`, sayshe is done with Hollywood.

The Oscar-winning director says he plans to hang his boots after the upcoming movies with Matt Damon and George Clooney, which will be his last two films.

"When you reach the point where you`re like if I have to get into a van to do anther scout I`m just going to shoot myself, it`s time to let somebody else who`s still excited about getting in the van, get in the van," Soderbergh told Studio 360`s Kurt Anderson.

"And so it`s just time. For the last three years, I`ve been turning down everything that comes my way, so you`re not going to have Steven Soderbergh to kick around anymore," he quipped.

Anderson played a clip from a previous interview he conducted with Damon, star of the director`s upcoming `Haywire`, who said the director had told him he was planning to retire to possibly become a painter or photographer.

"It`s just a sense of having been there before. The making of any art is problem solving, and as you work at it, you`re able to eliminate the versions that aren`t any good faster, but at a certain point the salves sort of become the same.

"And when I started feeling like I`ve done this shot before, I`ve done a scene that`s about this before, that`s when I started thinking seriously about a shift. But also I don`t want to leave you know, when you see those athletes hang on one or two seasons too long, it`s kind of sad."

Soderbergh said he`s got two more movies to shoot--`Liberace`, starring Damon and Michael Douglas, and `Man From UNCLE`, starring Clooney before calling it quits.

"That`s a great way to sort of step off," he said.

PTI