“I’m chasing something else”: Ocean’s Eleven Director Refuses to Return to George Clooney and Brad Pitt’s $1.4 Billion Worth Franchise

Steven Soderbergh discussed his future with George Clooney’s $1.4B Ocean's Eleven franchise.

"I'm chasing something else": Ocean's Eleven Director Refuses to Return to George Clooney and Brad Pitt's $1.4 Billion Worth Franchise

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  • After starring as Danny Ocean in Ocean's Eleven, and its installments alongside Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts, George Clooney hinted at another reunion between the stars.
  • Further, Clooney's sequel story came in the wake of Margot Robbie producing Ocean's prequel, penned by Carrie Solomon, will be directed by Jay Wright.
  • Claiming that the Ocean’s franchise concluded for him after the third installment, Steven Soderbergh stated that he isn't interested in associating with further prequels and sequels.
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Attracting attention towards himself in 1989 with his novice project Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Steven Soderbergh steadily ventured into the entertainment industry. Thereafter, the Oscar-winning filmmaker worked on classics like Traffic and Erin Brockovich. Further, he also directed George Clooney and Brad Pitt’s Ocean’s Eleven franchise. 

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Steven Soderbergh

However, on a recent note, when asked about his plans to direct a Margot Robbie-produced prequel to Ocean’s Eleven, and George Clooney planned a sequel, Steven Soderbergh expressed his disinterest. Openly stating how the franchise ended for him after the third installment, Soderbergh confessed that he won’t return to direct the films. 

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George Clooney Has Plans for an Ocean’s Eleven Sequel

After starring as Danny Ocean in Ocean’s Eleven and its installments alongside Hollywood A-listers like Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Julia Roberts, George Clooney hinted at another reunion between the stars. During an interview with Uproxx, Clooney spoke about potentially reprising his role again in another film. 

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Ocean’s Eleven

We have a really good script for another Oceans now, so we may end up doing another one. It’s actually a great script.” 

Clarifying that it’s going to be a sequel that will feature him as an older and grayer Danny Ocean, George Clooney stated that the movie might look a little different than the first trilogy. I mean, the idea is kind of like Going In Style” the actor shared. Further, Clooney’s sequel story came in the wake of Margot Robbie producing Ocean’s prequel. 

Also read: “He’s a sad, sad guy”: George Clooney Opens Up on His R-Rated Reunion With Brad Pitt in a Very Dark Movie

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George Clooney plans to reunite with the Ocean's Eleven team
George Clooney plans to reunite with the Ocean’s Eleven team

According to CBR, the Ocean’s prequel penned by Carrie Solomon will be directed by Jay Wright. Reports claim that it will feature Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Danny Ocean’s parents. Additionally, the reports claimed that the prequel story will show Robbie and Gosling’s characters teaching Danny and his sister Debbie the skills of stealing from the rich. 

Steven Soderbergh Won’t Return to the $1.4B Franchise

Following these reports about George Clooney’s sequel and Margot Robbie’s prequel to the Ocean’s franchise, director Steven Soderbergh, who was associated with the OG $1.4B franchise, was asked about his opinion. Speaking with Variety, the filmmaker thus addressed the reports of the potential prequel and sequel story. 

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Steven Soderbergh refused to return to the Ocean’s franchise

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Discussing how he has been moving seamlessly from heist flicks to comedies and then historical epics to legal dramas, Steven Soderbergh expressed that he is no longer interested in the Ocean’s franchise. Admitting that the films concluded for him after the third installment, Soderbergh thus claimed that he isn’t interested in associating with further prequels and sequels. 

After we made the third movie, I felt like the series was very much concluded for me. When the studio approached me to see if I’d be involved in continuing the franchise, I told them no, because it just doesn’t feel like a move forward for me. I’m chasing something else.”

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For Soderbergh, the Ocean’s franchise concluded after the third installment

Confirming to his fans that he won’t return to the $1.4B franchise, Steven Soderbergh broke hearts. But simultaneously, he also confirmed that since he’s chasing better things, his fans might get to witness something exciting from the director. Following Soderbergh’s confirmed exit, although it’s unknown how it might impact the movies, George Clooney and his team are optimistic about the reunion. 

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