An image of female characters sitting down and getting ready for action triggered mixed reactions on Twitter-sphere. The first look of the upcoming movie Ocean’s Eight features an all-female A-list cast that includes Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, and Rihanna.
With code names such as “Nine-Ball” and “Constance”, it is the women, this time around, who will try to get the heist done at New York City’s Met Gala. The movie is the fourth take on the Ocean franchise that dates back to the original 1960 heist film.
Era of Remakes
It is clearly the era of remakes, spinoffs and movie franchises. The year 1961 saw the first time Ocean’s Eleven was made with Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Joey Bishop.
The film was remade in 2011 with a star-studded cast that included George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy García, and Julia Roberts, with Steven Soderbergh at the directorial helm. Soderbergh directed two sequels in Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007).
Now comes Ocean’s 8, which Soderbergh is also producing with John Kilik. Expected to be shown on June 8, 2018, the new film is directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games), who co-wrote the screenplay with Olivia Milch, who is also co-producer.
Twitter Reactions to All-Female Cast
What began as an Ocean’s Eleven soon evolved into Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen. The upcoming spinoff, however, is titled Ocean’s Eight, with only eight women performing the traditional heist.
The eight women are even presented in an array in the recent image released. The glaring difference did not escape the notice of eagle-eyed social media denizens. Some comments dwelt on possible gender pay gap between actors and actresses. As one commenter tweeted, “Just saw the first look at #Oceans8 and thought 8 is 73% of 11… There’s a #GenderPayGap reference/joke in there somewhere #OceansEight.”
Still another reaction is that Ocean’s Eight’s female cast is like an ill-intentioned repeat effort of the Ghostbusters remake. One tweet opined that it would ruin the Ocean franchise.
You Can’t Bring a Good Film Down
However, Ghostbusters (both the original movie and the remake) was adapted from a video game. It is a different movie than the Ocean films so it does not follow that a female cast in the remake is cause for concern.
Ocean’s Eleven had some of the best cinematic dialogues ever: fans still remember George Clooney asking Julia Roberts if her new man makes her laugh, and Roberts replying, “he doesn’t make me cry.” With a little bit of that, Ocean’s Eight could make it at the box office even with an all-female cast.