Steven Soderbergh confirms retirement from direction

New York: Oscar-winner Steven Soderbegh, best known for his `Ocean`s Eleven` franchise, is set to retire from direction after 20 years as a filmmaker.

The `Erin Brockovich` director, who had previously denied retirement, is planning to become a full-time painter and this time he means it, the New York Times reported.

"I`m interested in exploring another art form while I have the time and ability to do so. I`ll be the first person to say if I can`t be any good at it and run out of money I`ll be back making another `Ocean`s` movie," the 48-year-old director said.

Soderbergh has been talking about retirement since 2009 but he has some more films left to direct.

The director shot to fame with his very first film `sex, lies and videotape`, which won him the Palme d`Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989.

His notable films include George Clooney starrer `Out of Sight`, `The Limey`, `Erin Brockovich`, `Traffic`, `Ocean`s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen`, `The Informant` biopic `Che`.