Director Gary Ross Talks 'Ocean's 11' Continuation, Reveals the Title
While the rumoured titled for the Ocean's Eleven spin-off was Ocean's Ocho, director Gary Ross has confirmed that the film's title is officially Ocean's Eight, with Ocho simply being a nickname for the project early on.
The Hunger Games and Free State of Jones director was asked to compare the tone and style of the new film to Steven Soderbergh's original trilogy, and Ross went on to discuss what we can expect.
"I think it’s a pretty similar tone. You know, Steven Soderbergh and I are incredibly close friends, and we would not have done this if we weren’t. I don’t think he would’ve wanted anyone to do it if we weren’t. This is very much an extension and a continuation.
"He’s a producer on the movie. In one way or another, this has been a 20-year conversation between Steven and I, collaborating in ways the whole world doesn’t know about: I helped him on the previous Ocean’s Eleven films; he shot second unit on The Hunger Games; I’ve done ADR lines for him; and he reads all my scripts.
"It’s a very long, ongoing collaboration. This, I think, is a very seamless process. We’re different filmmakers, obviously, so there will be those differences, but one of the things I’m drawn to is the amazing tone Steven was able to create, and we discuss that a lot.
"We discuss the cinema a lot, the shooting style, the rhythm, the editing style, and the music. We discuss it all. I’m in no way trying to reinvent the tone, and I’m thrilled and honored to be extending it. It’s really fun to work with."