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Will Steven Soderbergh's strategy of bypassing the studio system for 'Logan Lucky' pay off?

Will Steven Soderbergh's strategy of bypassing the studio system for 'Logan Lucky' pay off?

After a prolific career directing films including “sex, lies and videotape,” “Traffic” and the “Ocean’s Eleven” series, Steven Soderbergh said he was quitting the feature film business in 2013. He complained of the lack of financial and creative control directors get in Hollywood.

Four years later, he’s back with “Logan Lucky,” a $29-million action-comedy that he’s releasing in more than 3,000 domestic theaters this weekend — without the help of a traditional studio. The unconventional strategy is a bold experiment to shake up the system he has railed against for years.

If it works, it’ll be a classic Hollywood comeback story, mixed with a revenge tale. Soderbergh joins a long...

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