Before there was an Ocean’s 11 there was… I don’t know, Ocean’s 10, probably?
What started out as a slick remake of an old Rat Pack comedy has kind of become an ongoing franchise at Warner Bros. – even without the original actors who made the first Ocean 11 (or technically the second Ocean 11) such a hit in 2001. George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and eight other pals – plus director Steven Soderbergh – launched three popular and successful heist films in the 2000s, and then when they decided not to continue the series, it was revived with an all-female cast (and Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean) as Ocean 8.
Now the franchise will continue with a prequel. According to The Hollywood ReporterMargot Robbie will star in and produce a new Ocean 11 which will be directed by Jay Roach of Austin Powers series and written by Carrie Solomon. The only details they have about the story is that it “takes place in Europe in the 1960s.” (Might make this a sort of reboot of the original Ocean 11made in 1960 and starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., among others.
The Clooney and Soderbergh oceans the movies were great, but the reason they were great was… Clooney and Soderbergh. Ocean 8, directed by Gary Ross, was a disappointment, and I’m not sure there’s a ton of juice in an ongoing series about people with the surname Ocean robbing casinos. Sure, Robbie is a charming and likeable performer, so there’s no reason a heist movie starring Margot Robbie shouldn’t be great. It’s just weird that it can’t just be a Margot Robbie heist movie; it must be a Ocean 11 prequel.
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