The Ocean’s film series is interesting because the original movie was released in 1960. And then, over forty years later, Ocean’s 11 went from being Ocean’s 11 to Ocean’s Eleven, and there has been a further three installments since. At present, to make things even more complicated, there is a prequel in the offing but fear not, as we have the lowdown and will make it all make sense.
In many ways, you could look at Ocean’s 11 from 1960 and Ocean’s Eleven of 2001 and see there are similarities and that the former was crucial in the making of the latter. However, wherever you check, the so-called original Ocean’s 11 didn’t get rave reviews, even though it was a casino heist film. In all honesty, rather than watching the 1960 flick, viewers might be more tempted to experience the casino for themselves and see what it’s like to actually enjoy the games, even if it just playing the latest slots games online.
This is potentially where the much-talked-about Ocean’s Eleven prequel enters the fray and causes a bit of confusion. You see, the Ocean’s Eleven prequel, which will star the likes of Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, is actually a remake of the 1960 original. The aim, from the outside looking in, appears to be to bring the 1960 version of Ocean’s 11 up to scratch and in line with the excellent main trilogy of Ocean’s films that were released between 2001 and 2007 – Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen.
As you will expect, because of the success of the movie franchise at the box office, with the series having grossed in excess of $1 billion, details have been scarce. But recently, it was suggested that while the movie has been in the developmental stage for some time, it is set to begin filming on March 6 this year. Jay Roach is taking the lead as the film’s director, and everything will be based on a screenplay by Carrie Solomon. Gary Ross, Josey McNamara, Michelle Graham, Tom Ackerley, and Olivia Milch will all be involved as producers.
As mentioned, details remain scarce, and everyone is tight-lipped on what to expect. But, there is certainly a feeling of optimism from knowing that both Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling will be starring in the movie. They’re both huge names in Hollywood and worked incredibly well together in the live-action Barbie film due for release later in the year. To have two Hollywood A-listers signed up is undoubtedly a great sign.
The proof, as always, will be in the pudding, though. Or should that be watching? The Ocean’s trilogy was fantastic, and even the all-female Ocean’s 8 delivered the goods too. But this is an intricate task they’re attempting to pull off by remaking the original and declaring it a prequel. If they get it right, it could well breathe fresh life into the series. But, get it wrong, and who knows?