Warner Bros. is planning to start shooting on its yet-untitled prequel to Ocean’s Eleven, according to Production List, which says will begin in France on June 30. The upcoming comedy will star Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in a production directed by Jay Roach from a script written by Carrie Solomon. It’s still unclear what the prequel will be about, or how it will segue with earlier films in the franchise.
Fans of Robbie and Gosling will not have to wait long to see their idols on the big screen, however. July 21 will see the premiere of their live-action Barbie movie directed by Greta Gerwig.
The upcoming Ocean’s prequel is yet another reboot of the film originally directed by Lewis Milestone in 1960 and that starred the legendary Hollywood Rat Pack quartet of Joey Bishop, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford, and Frank Sinatra, who appeared with Angie Dickinson. In that movie, a bunch of WWII Army veterans lay plans to get rich quick by staging simultaneous robberies on five Las Vegas casinos on New Year’s Eve.
Some two decades ago, a remake of Ocean’s Eleven was released; it was directed by Steven Soderbergh with a cast that included George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt. The plot narrative followed a pack of thieves plotting a $160 million heist from a casino owner. A winner at the box office, that remake spawned three more films, including Ocean’s 8, featuring Sandra Bullock leading a troupe of all-female jewel thieves with the Met Gala in their sights. All told, he Ocean’s franchise has grossed more than $1 billion in global box-office receipts.
In next month’s Barbie release, Robbie will play the iconic doll whose pink-tinted paradise turns somber when she starts contemplating her eventual death. Gosling will be playing her partner, Ken, who will accompany Barbie on her existential quest.
Of course, the ongoing writers’ strike may play havoc with scheduling of the Ocean’s prequel as well as other projects, so stay tuned for updates.
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