Gary Ross Talks “Ocean’s Eight” Tone

Out doing promotion for “Free State of Jones,” filmmaker Gary Ross was asked by Slashfilm about his next project, one that has made many headlines of late.

Confirming that the title is “Ocean’s Eight” for now, he also re-affirms that this upcoming all-female cast spin-off of the “Ocean’s Eleven” films is a continuation of the tone that Steven Soderbergh established in the trilogy:

“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.”

The likes of Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, and Elizabeth Banks have all been linked to the project which still has not set production dates as yet.