You might recall that, back in May, reports emerged that Margot Robbie was attached to star in a new ‘Ocean’s’ movie for Warner Bros. Discovery, which ‘Austin Powers’ director Jay Roach would make.
According to subscription newsletter Puck, there has been some forward movement on this, as Ryan Gosling may now co-star with Margot Robbie. And, if their sources are to be believed, it’ll serve as a prequel to the previous movies that turns the clock back to a heist in Europe in the 1960s.
And that feels fitting, since the original ‘Ocean’s film was made in 1960, starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and other members of the Rat Pack.
2001’s ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ saw director Steven Soderbergh remaking and updating the concept, bringing an ensemble anchored by George Clooney and Matt Damon to the screen, the characters looking to pull off a huge, tricky heist at a Las Vegas hotel.
That movie generated over $450 million worldwide in theatrical business alone, and Warners was quick to have Soderbergh reunite his cast (adding even more celebrity talent for good measure) for two follow-ups, ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ in 2004 and 2007’s ‘Ocean’s Thirteen’.
In 2018, Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett led a spin-off called ‘Ocean’s Eight,’ which saw a female crew pulling off a robbery at the glitzy Met Gala in New York. That movie was directed by Gary Ross.
Aside from the new movie’s potential prequel nature and previous reports pointing to a heist story set in Europe, all we really know at this one is that the screenplay comes from Carrie Solomon, a relative newcomer who has one script, ‘My Boyfriend’s Wedding’, in development.
This latest movie might also – in keeping with Warner Bros. Discovery’s drive to focus on big theatrical releases – boast a bigger budget than even Soderbergh’s films, to give it a true summer movie feel.
Of course, this isn’t official yet, and there has been no comment from the studio (not that we’d necessarily expect any news release while deals are still being hashed out). But assuming it truly goes into production with every involved, the new ‘Ocean’s’ movie would mark a reunion for Gosling and Robbie, who star together in next summer’s ‘Barbie.’
Gosling is coming off of Netflix’s giant action thriller ‘The Gray Man’ (which already has both a sequel and a spin-off commissioned by the streaming service). He’s preparing to shoot ‘The Fall Guy’, a movie version of the 1980s TV series, with ‘Bullet Train’s David Leitch directing.
Alongside ‘Barbie’, Robbie will be seen in ‘Amsterdam’ opposite Christian Bale and John David Washington for director David O. Russell, ‘Asteroid City’, the latest comedy from Wes Anderson, and old Hollywood story ‘Babylon’, playing Clara Bow for Damien Chazelle.
Roach, meanwhile, made his name with comedy movies such as the ‘Austin Powers’ and ‘Meet the Parents’ trilogies, but has branched out to comedy dramas with his TV work, which includes ‘Recount’ and ‘Game Change’ for HBO. His most recent job was directing and producing all the episodes of comedy ‘High Desert’ for Apple TV+, which stars Patricia Arquette and Matt Dillon.