According to an article on Variety, acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh (who just yesterday announced a North American distribution deal for his controversial epic about Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara) is in the early stages of developing a biopic about the flamboyant pianist Liberace.
The filmmaker responsible for such titles as the "Oceans 11" series, "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich," will also direct the movie, which is being produced for Warner Bros. Soderbergh is said to be looking at former "Traffic" star Michael Douglas to play the the lead with Matt Damon to play Scott Thorson, the man who sued Liberace in 1982 for $113 million in palimony, claiming he was the entertainer's companion for five years. Even though Liberace never wavered from career-long denials that he was gay, Thorson reportedly settled for $95,000 in 1986. Liberace died in 1987 of complications from AIDS at age 67.
Liberace playing "Boogie Woogie" on his own television series in 1969