Hollywood, ever starved for original ideas, is now doing Ocean’s 8, a reboot of a reboot—and cheerfully ripping off fellow reboot Ghostbusters‘ twist by making it an all-female outing.
Growing weary of directing the Ocean’s 11 blockbusters and his on-again/off-again/on-again retirement, Steven Soderbergh switches to producer mode on Ocean’s 8, while his go-to second-unit director and bland journeyman director Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit) heads to the director’s chair.
Where’s that gender parity, tho? The team can’t even get together a full 11 for this caper! Perhaps the studio is worried that even post-Bridesmaids, post-Ghostbusters crowds can’t stomach an additional three female leads.
The one bright spot in this sad bit of news, as reported by Deadline? The remake is pulling an incredible roster of lady-talent with an A+ range of ages—including chic elder stateswomen Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham-Carter—and women of colour, like Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, and Awkwafina. Anne Hathaway rounds out the cast, with one spot left to claim. If we could get a queer woman in there? Now that would be original.