Over the past few weeks, we’ve been hearing more and more about the upcoming Ocean’s Eleven spinoff that will find a team of female thieves plotting to steal a necklace and frame a crooked gallery owner for the crime. Sandra Bullock is slated to lead the team as the ex-con sister of Danny Ocean, the character portrayed by George Clooney in the original films, and last week we learned that Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling were in talks to join the cast.
Earlier today, while discussing his new movie Free State of Jones with the folks over at /Film, director Gary Ross confirmed the spinoff will be called Ocean’s Eight, and not Ocean’s Ocho as previously rumored. He also spoke about how much his version will be influenced by Steven Soderbergh, who directed the Ocean’s trilogy:
“I think it’s a pretty similar tone. You know, Steven Soderbergh and I are incredibly close friends, and we would not have done this if we weren’t. I don’t think he would’ve wanted anyone to do it if we weren’t. This is very much an extension and a continuation. He’s a producer on the movie. In one way or another, this has been a 20-year conversation between Steven and I, collaborating in ways the whole world doesn’t know about: I helped him on the previous Ocean’s Eleven films; he shot second unit on The Hunger Games; I’ve done ADR lines for him; and he reads all my scripts. It’s a very long, ongoing collaboration. This, I think, is a very seamless process.
We’re different filmmakers, obviously, so there will be those differences, but one of the things I’m drawn to is the amazing tone Steven was able to create, and we discuss that a lot. We discuss the cinema a lot, the shooting style, the rhythm, the editing style, and the music. We discuss it all. I’m in no way trying to reinvent the tone, and I’m thrilled and honored to be extending it. It’s really fun to work with.”
Cate Blanchett and Elizabeth Banks are reportedly signed on for the film, as well, and Jennifer Lawrence’s involvement is something of a mystery at this point: she was originally rumored for the role that ultimately went to Blanchett, and now it seems like scheduling conflicts may get in the way. But as with all Hollywood productions, things are in a state of flux right now as the pieces come together, so perhaps it will all work itself out.
Ocean’s Eight is expected to begin filming later this year, with a late 2017 release date in mind.
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