Steven Soderbergh Superhero Movie

When director Steven Soderbergh returned to the big screen back in August, his “hillbilly heist” film Logan Lucky was touted as a comeback, even though he had only been in “retirement” for four years and was actually very busy during that time making Behind the Candelabra and The Knick for HBO and Cinemax. Logan Lucky may have underperformed at the domestic box office, but the movie was reportedly financed through foreign pre-sales and it is still rolling out to international territories.

On Halloween night, the film made its Japanese premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival as part of a special program called The World of Steven Soderbergh. This program also screened other Soderbergh films like Sex, Lies, and Videotape and Ocean’s Eleven. The director’s appearance in stage greetings and Q&A talks during this event yielded some interesting quotes about his body of work, including his upcoming HBO mini-series, Mosaic, which first debuts November 8 as an interactive app.

And will there be a Steven Soderbergh superhero movie? Well, he says he already made one.

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(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: Ocean’s Twelve is a brilliant chapter in what may be the best trilogy mainstream Hollywood has ever produced.)

If sequels are hard to pull off, then trilogies are the hardest of all. Hollywood is overstuffed with franchises, but few of those series are straight-up trilogies, and even fewer of those are good from start to finish. Even the existing trilogies that might be enjoyable have built-in caveats. Like most people, I love the original Star Wars trilogy, but it’s not a closed-off trilogy, telling three stories as opposed to being three stories in a larger, more massive series of films. The original trilogy is great, but it’s not, in its own way, standalone. Even great mainstream trilogies like the Toy Story films aren’t going to be trilogies for much longer, as the fourth Toy Story is on the way in 2019.

This week, as we prepare for the release of Logan Lucky, a new heist film from iconoclastic director Steven Soderbergh, it’s time to acknowledge perhaps the best mainstream trilogy of all: the Ocean’s trilogy.

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/Answers: The Greatest Movie Heists

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Every week in /Answers, we attempt to answer a new pop culture-related question. Tying in with the upcoming release of Logan Lucky, this week’s edition asks “What is your favorite movie heist scene or sequence?”

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Matt Damon in Ocean's Eleven

The cast of Ocean’s Eight looks pretty great as it is, with Sandra BullockCate BlanchettHelena Bonham CarterAnne Hathaway, Rihanna, and more all set to star. But it looks like yet another big star could stop in for a visit. Matt Damon, who starred in Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven trilogy, has let slip that he’ll be shooting a small part in the upcoming spinoff.  Read More »

‘Ocean’s 8’ Sets Summer 2018 Release Date

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Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures have mapped out a plan for its star-studded Ocean’s Eleven spinoff. The studio has announced a 2018 release date for Ocean’s 8, which stars Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter. Gary Ross is directing. Read More »

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Sarah Paulson Ocean's Eleven Spinoff

Ocean’s Ocho continues to add to its all-star lineup. Along with Sandra BullockCate BlanchettRihannaAnne HathawayHelena Bonham CarterMindy Kaling, and AwkwafinaSarah Paulson is now in talks to join the Ocean’s Eleven spinoff. Gary Ross is set to direct from a script he wrote with Olivia Milch, while Steven Soderbergh (who directed the 2001 Ocean’s Eleven) will produce.  Read More »

Ocean's Eight Cast

Over the past couple months, the cast of the Ocean’s Eleven spin-off Ocean’s Eight has slowly been filling out. Sandra Bullock was the first name attached to the project, and we later learned that she would be playing Danny Ocean’s sister, who also happens to be a charming ex-con just like her brother. Since then, the cast has added Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling, but now three more names have just been added to the roster. Read More »

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“We’ll break the cast right now and blow up the Internet,” director Gary Ross joked after we mentioned Ocean’s Eight to him. No, the Free State of Jones writer and director didn’t reveal to us the film’s entire ensemble cast, which has been previously reported or rumored to star Sandra BullockCate BlanchettHelena Bonham CarterMindy Kaling, and Elizabeth Banks. One thing Ross did tell us, however, is that his film is very much a continuation of the tone Steven Soderbergh established with his incredibly entertaining Ocean’s remake trilogy.

Below, Gary Ross discusses Ocean’s Eight.

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Helena Bonham Carter in Cinderella

Warner Bros. has recruited two more for its Ocean’s Eleven spinoff. Mindy Kaling and Helena Bonham Carter have reportedly joined Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett in the heist film, which is being directed by Gary Ross (The Hunger Games). We’ve got a long way to go before that cast is full, but Kaling, Bonham Carter, Bullock, and Blanchett are a rock-solid start.  Read More »

Female Ocean's Eleven Cast

Over the past year, the cast of the developing female-led spin-off of Ocean’s Eleven has been slowly growing. The first name attached to the project was Sandra Bullock, and recently a rumor pegged Jennifer Lawrence for a role (though her representative denied the story). Now another name has entered talks to take a role in the spin-off.

Lord of the Rings franchise and Carol star Cate Blanchett is currently in talks for a role in the movie that has the working title of Ocean’s Ocho among the creative executives working on the project. For those who don’t speak Spanish, “ocho” means eight, so we’re looking at a cast that will feature a team of eight thieves instead of eleven. Get more details below. Read More »