In the wake of the female “Ghostbusters” flopping, social-media has erupted over the prospect of a female spinoff of the “Ocean’s Eleven” caper-movie franchise.
After Deadline.com reported Wednesday that Anne Hathaway, Rihanna and other stars have joined the previously named Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett in the Warner Bros.’ film, which starts shooting in New York in October, partisans lined up on both sides.
“I don’t think sexy women will save a horrible script in a genre appealing mainly to men,” tweeted one man, though no script has been released to the public. A woman wrote, “Yeah, ruining good old things is better than making nice original ones,” while one man opined, “This is getting ridiculous, how about an all female reboot of ‘Goodfellas’ next?”
While some commentators took aim at feminism, one man getting his master’s degree in cinema studies conversely tweeted that he would “be more excited for Ocean’s 8 if it was coming from a female director.” And New York Times bestselling author Rae Carson (“Girl of Fire and Thorns”) joked that, “women have worked so hard for equal treatment their whole lives that it only takes 8 women to do the job of 11 men.”
Among those reacting positively were Dana Schwartz, an arts and culture writer for the New York Observer, who tweeted in all capital letters, “The gods have heard our cries and they have answered, child,” and a Texas man who wrote, “As a general rule I’m almost always on board talented actors in large ensemble casts doing anything so I’m buying Ocean’s 8 stock.”
Hathaway won a supporting-actress Oscar for “Les Misérables” (2012), while Bullock garnered a lead actress Academy Award for “The Blind Side” (2009). Seven-time nominee Blanchett won a supporting-actress Oscar for “The Aviator” (2004) and another for her female lead in “Blue Jasmine” (2013).
Deadline.com added that two-time Oscar-nominee Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and the Asian-American rapper and actress Awkwafina, aka Nora Lum, will also star.
Steven Soderbergh, director of the 2001-2007 “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy, will produce, with “The Hunger Games” and “Seabiscuit” filmmaker Gary Ross directing. Olivia Milch is co-writing the screenplay.
The recent “Ghostbusters” remake, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones, has earned only $180 million so far worldwide, on a budget on $144. Sony Pictures — which has said the movie, with marketing costs, needed to gross $300 million to break even — is expected to take a tax write-down of at least $70 million on it, The Hollywood Reporter said Wednesday.
The “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise, which has grossed $1.124 billion at the global box office, is based on the 1960 film “Ocean’s 11,” starring Frank Sinatra as Danny Ocean, who assembles his old war buddies to pull off a Las Vegas heist. The remake and its sequels starred George Clooney in the title role.