Yup, we have reached the era of reboots of reboots.
Back in 1960, the legendary Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr) led a heist movie called “Ocean’s Eleven”. Then, in 2001 Steven Soderbergh remade it with an all-star cast led by George Clooney. Now, we’re getting yet another remake, and this time it will be an all-female version. In the fine tradition of the all-female “Ghostbusters” reboot, because Hollywood has decided that’s now a thing.
Anyway, over the weekend, The Playlist broke the news that Sandra Bullock will take on the lead role in a “new” “Ocean’s Eleven”. The project is apparently being produced by Clooney himself, who last served as Bullock’s producer on the just-released political satire “Our Brand Is Crisis”. But it’s unknown at this point what Bullock’s character will be, whether it’s a female version of Danny Ocean, or his ex-wife, or a distant relative.
The reboot has also secured a director is Gary Ross, who did the first instalment of “The Hunger Games”. Interestingly, Soderbergh is also involved in this project as a producer along with Clooney. They got screenwriter Olivia Milch (“Queen & Country”) to work on a draft for Warner Bros last year, but that may well be re-written. There’s a slim chance this could be decent or even good, but this whole trend of gender-reversing popular characters needs to stop. It’s lazy, cynical and terribly uncreative.