Steven Soderbergh Releases More 'Contagion' Photos

August 24, 2011 By:
Steven Soderbergh Releases More 'Contagion' Photos

Is there anything more frightening than a story about a global pandemic? Okay, it actually happening is a little more terrifying, but the public loves a good scary movie, and it looks like Contagion fits the bill.

The movie will make its world premiere in about a week at the Venice Film Festival, and a little over a week after, it will premiere in the U.S.

Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the flick is already getting good buzz. The first pictures were eerie, with Gwyneth Paltrow's character looking completely pale and aghast. Now Soderbergh has released three more photos

’‘You can avoid going into the ocean or taking a shower if ‘Jaws’ and ‘Psycho’ scare the sh-t out of you,’ the director said. " You can’t live a normal life without coming into contact with germs.’’

He added that "this film could do for elevator buttons and doorknobs what ‘Jaws’ did for going to the beach." Beware, OCD sufferers.

One of the three pictures features Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, who also stars in the movie with Paltrow, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Kate Winslet and Jude Law. In the photo, Cotillard is being carried away by a man in a mask as she looks on in curious fear.

The two other photos feature Matt Damon, leading civilians who are also donning masks.

The movie is essentially about a fast moving virus that the CDC is working hard to control.

“I think it’s always compelling to watch people struggling with a real-world problem, especially one with a ticking clock, where the stakes couldn’t be any higher,” Soderbergh explained.

Producer Gregory Jacobs added: "We didn’t have to make anything up that wasn’t true, in a sense, to make it a more terrifying ride. I love a good zombie movie, but we know that’s not real. The impact here comes from dealing with a horror set in our own backyards that manifests, at first, like the common cold. People look normal, they’re functional, so they move around and spread it without being aware. No one realizes there’s cause for concern until they’re critical. And by then it’s too late.”

I have chills already. The screenwriter, Scott Z. Burns, did a lot of research to finish the screenplay. He interviewed scientists and professors from the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia as well as specialists from the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative.

Also joining the cast are Bryan Cranston, John Hawkes, Elliott Gould, Demetri Martin and Jennifer Ehle. Contagion is set to hit theaters September 9th.

Check out the chilling, yet amazing, trailer below…