Margot Robbie and Jay Roach are planning on gathering some friends together and doing some crimes.
The Suicide Squad actress and the Austin Powers franchise director are teaming up to relaunch Warner Brothers’ Ocean’s Eleven franchise.
The 1960 original film, was a vehicle for singer/actor Frank Sinatra and his group of friends and saw them as a group of army buddies reuniting in Las Vegas in order to pull off a heist at multiple casinos simultaneously. Director Steven Soderbergh teamed with George Clooney for a 2001 remake which did so well at the box office it ultimately spawned two direct sequels – Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007) and one spinoff, Ocean’s Eight (2018).
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the new film will be set in Europe in the 1960s, a far cry away from the original film’s Las Vegas casino setting. Screenwriter Carrie Solomon is currently working on the script.
The Hollywood Reporter further states that the project is still currently in development and that studio Warner Brothers has not yet given the film the go-ahead to move into production, though the hope is that it start shooting next spring.
I have to admit to a bit of disappointment upon seeing this news. This project appears to reboot the franchise, and that would mean no follow up to Ocean’s Eight, which featured Sandra Bullock as Danny Ocean’s younger sister Debbie who follows in her older brother’s footsteps of organizing elaborate heists with a group of confederates. It was a fun enough film and earning almost $300 million at the global box office against a $70 million budget, it certainly turned a profit for the studio. It would have been fun to see more capers from Debbie’s crew, but it seems as if it is not fated to be.