For almost over a decade, tonnes of movies and TV series have been remade or rebooted by Hollywood. A reboot may seem like an awful attempt to milk money out of a franchise that’s running dry, but it could be a way to re-introduce the outdated franchise to a whole new generation.
Now, according to Indiewire’s The Playlist, an “Ocean’s Eleven” reboot is currently in the works. But this time around, it will feature an all-female cast.
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, “Ocean’s Eleven” is a 2001 remake of the 1960 Rat Pack film of the same name. The American comedy heist film features a star-studded cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy García, and Julia Roberts.
The remake, which was very well-received by critics, was a box office success and became the 5th highest-grossing movie of 2001. It even spawned 2 sequels, “Ocean’s Twelve” in 2004 and “Ocean’s Thirteen” in 2007.
Little did Clooney and Soderbergh know, they’d find themselves collaborating with late producing giant Jerry Weintraub again for a new female-centric “Ocean’s Eleven” film, which has apparently been “quietly gestating” for at least a year. Sources close to the project told The Playlist that Olivia Milch (of “Queen & Country” and “Little Women” fame) has been working on its screenplay for months and just “handed in a draft”.
A longtime Soderberg friend and ally, “The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross is reportedly attached to direct the all-female reboot. Plot details are kept under wraps, but The Playlist noted that “everyone is keen” on this remake/reboot/sequel/spinoff and that Clooney may even make a cameo as Danny Ocean.
Former Sony Pictures head Amy Pascal apparently knew about the project’s existence for a long time. The leaked emails from last year’s Sony hack showed that Pascal urged her team to put the gender-swapping “Ghostbusters” reboot to development when she got wind of the competing all-female “Ocean’s Eleven” reboot in the works.
Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, the Paul Feig-directed “Ghostbusters” reboot is due to be released next summer.
It certainly won’t be the first time that the Oscar-winning actress stepped into Clooney’s shoes as her latest role in “Our Brand in Crisis” was originally written for Clooney. In fact, news of Bullock leading the film has certainly opened the gates for speculation and dream casting.
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