Steven Soderbergh has never been one to take a lot of time off in between projects. Last year he completed his two-part epic Che (which still has yet to be released on DVD), and just a few months later his follow-up film The Girlfriend Experience was screening at Sundance. Now we’ve already got a trailer for his next movie, a corporate comedy/thriller called The Informant starring Matt Damon.
When I first heard about this movie, for some reason I thought it was going to be more of a straight up espionage flick (maybe it’s just that Damon’s look with the glasses reminded me of The Good Shepherd), but it’s definitely got a strong satirical edge to it. The fact that it’s a true story also interests me. In a way this feels like Soderbergh’s response to The Coen Brothers’ Burn After Reading, and it will probably also be a little too smart for mainstream audiences. Based on the non-fiction book by Kurt Eichenwald, Matt Damon plays Mark Whitacre, the vice-president of a company who becomes an informant for the FBI, feeding them details of an illegal price-fixing scheme from the inside. What they don’t realize, however, is that the man is bipolar and he also has an agenda of his own. The Informant is set to be released on October 9th. Check out the trailer after the jump.