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Gary Ross talks about Ocean’s Eight


Ocean’s Eight is a spin-off or quasi-sequel to the Soderbergh’s movies. This new one is being directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, The Free State Of Jones).

This one is set to star Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and Elizabeth Banks.

Bullock’s character is believed to be Danny Ocean’s sister, and the plot reportedly revolves around her plan to steal a necklace from the Met Ball to frame a crooked gallery owner.

Ross spoke to SlashFilm who asked what the tone of the film would be like compared to Soderberg’s films:

I think it’s a pretty similar tone. You know, Steven Soderbergh and I are incredibly close friends, and we would not have done this if we weren’t. I don’t think he would’ve wanted anyone to do it if we weren’t. This is very much an extension and a continuation. He’s a producer on the movie. In one way or another, this has been a 20-year conversation between Steven and I, collaborating in ways the whole world doesn’t know about: I helped him on the previous Ocean’s Eleven films; he shot second unit on The Hunger Games; I’ve done ADR lines for him; and he reads all my scripts. It’s a very long, ongoing collaboration. This, I think, is a very seamless process. We’re different filmmakers, obviously, so there will be those differences, but one of the things I’m drawn to is the amazing tone Steven was able to create, and we discuss that a lot. We discuss the cinema a lot, the shooting style, the rhythm, the editing style, and the music. We discuss it all. I’m in no way trying to reinvent the tone, and I’m thrilled and honored to be extending it. It’s really fun to work with.

All in all this sounds like a good way to continue this series of films.

There had been rumours Clooney would have a cameo, but it is thought he has said no as he wants the film to stand on its own.


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