“[It’s] a combination of a Bond movie and Point Blank, though more on the scale of From Russian With Love than, you know, Quantum Of Solace…something where the characters and the story are as prominent as the action stuff.” — Steven Soderbergh describing Knockout, his forthcoming spy thriller now being written by Lem Dobbs, to Empire. The film will star mixed martial arts (i.e., Muy Thai) fighter Gina Carano.

“My feeling was, If I don’t do this, somebody else will,” Soderbergh says. “I felt, somebody is going to look at her and go, ‘She should be in a movie!’ And I felt like, Why shouldn’t I be the person saying that?”