Soderbergh Hits Into a Double 'Che'

Steven Soderbergh has spent so many years talking about making his Che Guevara biopic that he's suddenly found himself with enough material for two movies instead of one.

So Soderbergh plans to make both of them.

According to Variety, Soderbergh is finally ready to begin shooting his double-dip of dramas about the Latin American t-shirt and poster idol, starring Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro as Guevara. It's expected that Javier Bardem, Franka Potente and Benjamin Bratt, all previously linked to the project, will continue to be attached.

Production should begin in May in Mexico and other South American locations. Wild Bunch will finance the two films, likely with a combined budget of roughly $70 million.

Peter Buchman wrote the scripts for both movies and is now working with Del Toro and a translator to put much of the dialogue into Spanish.

The first film is tentatively titled "The Argentine" and begins with Guevara, Fidel Castro and a group of Cuban exiles arriving on the island and eventually building enough support to overthrow Fulgencio Batista.

Soderbergh has actually already shot parts of the second film, "Guerrilla," which picks up in 1964 when Guevara came to New York City and spoke at the United Nations.

But wait... The story doesn't end there. The trade paper says that Soderbergh has also been shooting documentary footage while researching his Guevara films, interviewing people who fought with Guevara in Cuba and Bolivia, where he was eventually executed.

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