Steven Soderbergh has confirmed that plans for The Knick Season 2 are already under way.
The period drama’s 10-episode first season doesn’t premiere until August 8 on Cinemax, but Soderbergh has already started mapping out Season 2, and, with the cabler apparently high on the medical drama, is confident that the show will be renewed within the next couple of weeks.
He told Esquire:
That’s my plan [to do a second season]. We’ll find out within the next couple of weeks. I know they’re happy. I know they like the show. I’m not privy to what money they have allocated. But I’ve made it clear. We know what we want to do, we’ve already worked on breaking out a second year. Everybody wants to do it.
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The Knick marks Soderbergh’s return to the small screen, and it’s a challenge the producer-director is enjoying:
You get to go narrow and deep. I had a great time on it. I was terrified going in. Because they basically said yes to a pilot script. We wanted a series commitment with the understanding… This is end of May, June, a year ago. We wanted a commitment and we had to start shooting in September. The good news was they said yes. The bad news was now we got to write nine hours in two and a half months and prep for a 10-hour period piece. We had to shoot nine pages a day and I was really scared. But it turned out to be a total blast. Clive [Owen] really set the tone. This will sound strange, but — it wasn’t horrible. I thought 570 pages for 73 days… How would you do that? It turned out to be actually… fun. It really was fun. But the only way you can do that is if you have autonomy on the ground to solve problems moment to moment, the way you want to solve them. Look, I was out. I read this thing last May, right before we were going to Cannes with Behind the Candelabra. I read it and was like, “Shit.” I was the first person to get it. I went, “Well, the second person who reads this is going to do this.