With the release of his new crime film “No Sudden Move” on HBO Max tonight, filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has been doing some press rounds and has gone into more detail about his next feature “KIMI”.
Zoe Kravitz leads the tech thriller as an agoraphobic Seattle tech worker who discovers recorded evidence of a violent crime during an ordinary data stream review.
She tries reporting it up the chain of command at her company but is met with resistance and bureaucracy and soon realises she will have to do the thing she fears the most – leave her apartment.
Appearing on the Happy Sad Confused podcast recently, Soderbergh spoke about “Kimi” and confirmed it’s essentially his present-day riff on Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic 1974 feature “The Conversation”. In fact, it’s VERY present day:
“The aftermath of [COVID-19] is an aspect of the story. So there’s that, because it ties into certain psychological issues that our lead character is battling. Overlaid is a very contemporary, zeitgeist-y issue of giant tech companies who have a lot of listening devices in a lot of homes. What are they picking up?
What if you worked for one of these companies analyzing streams that have been flagged for some reason or another, that the voice recognition software – there’s some aspect of this recording that it doesn’t understand or it has a question about, and it gets kicked to a human analyst to listen to it. So they can go, ‘Oh, that’s a slang term that this thing hasn’t heard of. Now I’ve got to load it into the system so the software can now recognize [it].’
This is what this person’s job is. And she hears something that sounds not cool… [It’s] pretty much [the 2021 version of The Conversation], and a little bit of Rear Window, and a little bit of Panic Room. So it’s all my favorite stuff.”
Soderbergh says the project was an idea that “Jurassic Park” screenwriter David Koepp floated to him a couple of years ago and he immediately got on board. Koepp took a little while to get around to it, but eventually, he did.
Byron Bowers, Erika Christensen, Devin Ratray, Jaime Camil, Jacob Vargas, Derek DelGaudio and Emily Kuroda co-star in the film which began shooting in April and will be released on HBO Max.