Sandra Bullock is apparently going to star in an all-female remake of the mega popular Ocean’s Eleven series, because money. The films grossed over a billion dollars worldwide. I guess some sort of continuation of the series was bound to happen, and with the all female Ghostbusters reboot being a thing, this made sense to studios. Doesn’t really make sense to me, but first, let’s hear some details, shall we?
From The Huffington Post:
The Playlist reports that the actress will star in an all-female revival of the “Ocean’s Eleven” series, to be directed by “Seabiscuit” helmer Gary Ross and written by Olivia Milch.
Bullock will reportedly play the ringleader of a heist team, as Clooney did in Steven Soderbergh’s trilogy and Frank Sinatra did in the original 1960 movie upon which 2000s franchise was based. Her starring role as a crisis manager in “Our Brand Is Crisis,” which was released Friday, was originally written for Clooney, but he ended up producing the movie instead.[…] No word yet on a release date for the reboot movie — nor on the rest of the cast.
Right, yeah, so this still doesn’t really make sense to me. Instead of remaking everything with an all-female cast, why don’t we just write better roles for women? Remakes suck. Just write a brand new heist movie, cast Bullock and other talented actresses, and create something new that can become its own classic.
Of course, the George Clooney Ocean’s Eleven isn’t anything brand new either, as that was a remake of the 1960’s Ocean’s Eleven, starring The Rat Pack and company. But they waited decades to remake it and really brought something new to it. This seems like they’re remaking it just for the sake of giving Sandra Bullock a job. I’m not hating on Sandra Bullock; I’m hating on the lack of imagination in Hollywood.
But who knows, maybe it will be fantastic. Maybe it will prove John Mulaney wrong — that Ocean’s Eleven could, in fact, work with all women. (He had a joke about that in his stand-up, check out New In Town, it was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this story.)