A month after news broke about Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling starring in an Ocean’s Eleven prequel, comes a newer revelation to one of the most enjoyable, well-acclaimed, and well-received franchises. According to recent sources, after 15 years of the last Steven Soderbergh-directed installment, George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Brad Pitt are making a return for the speculated and much-anticipated third sequel to the 2001 reboot of the 1960 Lewis Milestone-envisioned premise.
In 2018, after eleven years, the world saw an attempt led by Gary Ross in reinvigorating the commercially triumphant series. However, the reception to Ocean’s 8 was lukewarm at best. It was obvious to the audience that nothing could mount up to the brilliance of Soderbergh.
With the latest rumors hinting at the return of the original cast for the next part of the series, many have put their thinking hats on to wonder whether or not the director would make a comeback, as well.
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon Will Reunite Once Again
While the original cast had attested to how the 2007 endeavor would mark the end of their heist-comedy adventures, new sources have come up to elaborate how the Ocean’s franchise is too popular, even to date, for an opportunity like this to be missed. While Ocean’s Fourteen has been a speculated affair for a while now, the actors and their busy schedules were debarring them from engaging in the premise. However, that has now changed.
As per such reports, the following information has been detailed:
“…Finally the right team for the job has come together in a bid to make it a huge success and the main stars thought it would be good fun to revisit. The franchise is hugely popular and the brilliant storyline was an opportunity that was too good to miss.”
Back in 2007, the growth of the franchise following the 2001 remake and its two sequels was astounding to witness. The commercial blockbusters had managed to entertain the masses for years.
Much to everyone’s dismay, in 2008, the news of cast member Bernie Mac, who played Frank Catton, passing away at the age of 50 had left a gaping void in the hearts of the other talents involved in the Soderbergh trilogy.
Both Don Cheadle, who played Basher Tarr, and George Clooney, who starred as the leader of the crew, Danny Ocean, claimed how the presence of their co-star would be dearly missed. Cheadle even alluded to how a sequel was put off the table following Mac’s death. In his own words, “Bernie passed, and very quickly we were like, ‘No, we don’t want to do it.”
A long time went by. It was only last year when Matt Damon hinted how he would love to return in an Ocean’s sequel provided director Soderbergh was up for it. “It would always be up to Steven Soderbergh if there was a story.” Damon also referred to how the franchise had lost some of its integral members. “We are a depleted gang now,” is what he had said on Good Morning America.
Ocean’s 8 And A Lackluster Effort
Gary Ross’ take on the heist-comedy endeavor, while quite an ambitious effort, made many long-time fans grow wary of the premise. People were intrigued to see what the all-female cast would bring to the universe shaped by Soderbergh. Unfortunately, the film now stands with a RottenTomatoes rating of 68% from the critics. It also has a bleak 45% audience ratings to account for.
On the commercial front, the film couldn’t fare well in comparison to its predecessors. While the critical connoisseurs favored and commended its entertaining qualities, the general audience was not too impressed. Many believed that the cast, completely star-studded with astounding talents, was handed moderate, mediocre material to work with.
This led to many fans wanting to see the original crew back in action. Fortunately for them, their prayers might have been heard. With Ocean’s Fourteen likely being a fruitful possibility, as claimed by the latest reports, people will soon get to see whether or not Soderbergh returns to embellish the effort with his creative outlook.
One simply cannot wait.
The Steven Soderbergh-directed Ocean’s trilogy is available for streaming on Netflix.
Source: The Sun