Elliott Gould Texted Steven Soderbergh About Making the Sequel to ‘The Long Goodbye’

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Elliott Gould Texted Steven Soderbergh About Making the Sequel to ‘The Long Goodbye’
Robert Altman’s freewheeling La-set mystery “The Long Goodbye” arrived in 1973 like a cigarette in the eye of detective-story conventions. Based on Raymond Chandler’s pulp novel, the film also announced the leading-man status of the idiosyncratic Elliott Gould, who plays world-weary, boozy, chain-smoking gumshoe Philip Marlowe. Gould previously starred in Robert Altman’s 1970 Palme d’Or winner “Mash” and earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for 1969’s “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.”

During a wide-ranging Q&a following a 35mm screening of “The Long Goodbye” at Los Angeles’ genre film festival Beyond Fest at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, Gould discussed his many iconic collaborations — from Altman to Ingmar Bergman (1971’s “The Touch”) and Steven Soderbergh, for whom Gould starred in the “Ocean’s” films as well as “Contagion.”

While no formal sequel to “The Long Goodbye” has ever been announced, Gould thinks Soderbergh would make
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