All-Female ‘Ocean’s 8′ Reboot Already Infuriating Trolls
A new installment in the Ocean’s Eleven franchise — itself a remake of the 1960 original starring Rat Pack-ers Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin — is in development under Warner Bros. Produced by Steven Soderbergh, who directed the 2001 Clooney-Pitt Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen, the project titled Ocean’s Eight will be helmed by The Hunger Games director Gary Ross.
And hold onto your minds, because they are about to get blown: Instead of a band of men supported by a tertiary female love interest character or two, the bank heist caper will be fronted by a cast of WOMEN. Yes, you heard right! Since 2016 is evidently still a time in which an “all-female reboot” is an earth-shaking event that must be organized against and destroyed, this somehow remains revolutionary news. Though the titular cast has yet to hit Eight in number, Deadline reports that Rihanna, Mindy Kaling and rapper-comedian Awkwafina are unofficially attached, joining Oscar winners Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock and Helena Bonham Carter.
Living in this exciting time of limited thinking means Ocean’s Eight also already being compared to Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot, despite having nothing in common with it aside from the gender of its main stars. It’s not even the same studio, but “women! as the STARS! When men used to be the stars!!” remains enough for some to draw a direct corollary and incite disgust. A subsection of Twitter critics, who’ve devoted upwards of 40 seconds considering it, were quick to point out that this downright financially-irresponsible idea has been attempted once — which makes it a trend, but also something we should NEVER do again.
Do the EPs behind Oceans 8 know that Ghostbusters just missed budget by 70 mil?
— Tony Astorino (@TonyAstorino) August 10, 2016
"Oceans 8" isn't at all influenced by @Ghostbusters re-boot. Not. In. The. Slightest.
— John Paul de Silva (@jp9desilva) August 10, 2016
Because the all female reboot worked so well with Ghostbusters :^)
RIP Oceans 8 https://t.co/7FdO4RYnu8
— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) August 10, 2016
The gender-swap Ghostbusters movie was a bomb. So what can we do next?
I know! An ALL-FEMALE Oceans 11 called OCEANS 8!
-moron movie exec
— Roberto Martin (@robmarty009) August 10, 2016
First its the ghostbusters remake with all women and now oceans 8? Another movie I will avoid like the plague.
— John Cerina (@CroatianJohn) August 10, 2016
Jokes about the essentially non-existent wage gap aside, I'm excited to see if Oceans 8 can somehow be worse than the Ghostbusters reboot.
— Flaw (@DarthFlaw) August 10, 2016
A quibble with the value of making any reboots/remakes at all is an entirely separate debate worth having — though if one’s argument is that they shouldn’t be made, the 2001 Soderbergh version that spawned two sequels wouldn’t exist, either. And while some justified their anger (to me) over Feig’s Ghostbusters as protectiveness over the original as opposed to misogyny, the idea of trolls filling their diapers over a bastardization of the Ocean’s franchise with the same logic is even more hilarious. I love the sight of Vincent Cassel doing capoeira between lasers as much as anybody, but Soderbergh’s movies were JUST OKAY.
It would also be ideal if the next action-based reboot with a largely female cast was, you know, directed by a woman.
There’s more casting news to come on Ocean’s 8 — or as it’s currently titled on IMBD, Ocean’s Ocho — so we should all reserve judgment until then (just kidding, none of us will). Let’s all go re-watch Set It Off and/or Mad Money while we wait.
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