Soderbergh's Liberace Movie Now an HBO Movie with a Title

October 11, 2011


Now that cancer treatments have made Michael Douglas healthy enough to at least make some public appearances to say that he's healthy enough, Steven Soderbergh's long-discussed plans to put Michael Douglas in a sumptuous fur cape are at last seeing some forward movement. Since at least 2008, Soderbergh has been planning a biopic on Liberace, and had tentatively attached Douglas to the lead role and Matt Damon to the part of Scott Thorson, the pianist's live-in chum who ensured Liberace died a bachelor. Today, a press release has confirmed that film is finally happening, and is expected to go into production for HBO Films next summer. Taking the name and doubtlessly the rhinestones from the cover of the above memoir, the cable movie will be titled Behind the Candelabra, and will provide a "funny, heartbreaking and always fascinating" look at Liberace and Thorson's relationship--a romance that eventually led to a palimony lawsuit and denials from Liberace that there was ever any sort of homosexuality going on. Just a couple dudes covering themselves in jewels, hanging out and looking like leaders of a flamboyant military group out to enforce fabulousness, alright?

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