Starz orders Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Girlfriend Experience’ anthology series

Starz announced on Monday the network has greenlit an anthology series based upon Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience.

The 13-episode half-hour series will follow high-end call girls and their day-to-day experiences both with clients while working as a “GFE,” similar to Soderbergh’s 2009 film, which starred Sasha Grey, Variety reports.

“This show is about looking at the nature of transactions and relationships and how we define the boundaries in our relationships,” series executive producer Philip Fleishman said.

Soderbergh said he was interested in seeing his film adapted to television and hopes that the show can help shine a light on how not all escorts are forced into the work. “We’re hoping to up-end the traditional assumptions about these relationships and the women who work as GFEs.”

Soderbergh will executive produce, but will not write or direct any of the episodes. Instead, the Los Angeles Times reports, Lodge Kerrigan and Amy Seimetz will write and direct.

Kerrigan wrote and directed several indie films, including Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs) and Keane, along with helming episodes of The Americans, Homeland and Bates Motel. Seimetz has only directed one film, Sun Don’t Shine.

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