The director of the The Hunger Games recently told /Film that the reboot is “very much an extension and a continuation.” Ross suggested that the film will be similar in tone to the Ocean’s franchise; he and Ocean’s 11 director Steven Soderbergh are close friends and Ross said that he wouldn’t have boarded the project if not for his relationship with Soderbergh. Soderbergh, who also serves as a producer of the project, also conceived the story with George Clooney and late producer Jerry Weintraub.
An early draft of the story centered around Danny Ocean’s sister, an ex-con herself. With a team of thieves, she sets out of steal a necklace from the Met Ball and frame a crooked gallery owner.
So far, the list of actresses rumored to be in the movie are an impressive bunch. Early talks had producers eyeing Jennifer Lawrence for the project, but whether she actually comes on board remains to be seen. In addition to the Joy actress, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and Elizabeth Banks are names orbiting the project. Bullock is said to be playing a role similar to Clooney’s Danny Ocean, while Blanchett is up for a role similar to that of Brad Pitt’s Rusty.
Ross also revealed that the reboot has a working title of Ocean’s Eight, which is appropriate considering the project has long been referred to as Ocean’s Ocho. He will direct the script penned by Olivia Milch and will also produce alongside Alison Thomas through their Larger Than Life Productions with Greg Jacobs and Susan Ekins. Diana Alvarez will serve as executive while Jesse Ehrman and Julia Spiro oversee for Warner Bros.
Ross directed the upcoming drama Free State of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey, Keri Russell, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. He is also attached to produce the remake of Universal’s Creature from the Black Lagoon.
He is repped by CAA.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer