In 2018 a stellar cast continued the tradition started way back in 1960 with the original Ocean’s Eleven. Spinning out of the more recent films led by Brad Pitt and George Clooney, Sandra Bullock played Danny Ocean’s sister in Ocean’s Eight, with stars like Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and more helping in a heist that robbed the Met Gala blind. There has occasionally been talk of a sequel, and now a quick back-and-forth with Bullock has some wondering if Ocean’s Nine is on the way.
On Thursday, Screen Rant reported they’d spoken to Sandra Bullock on the red carpet for the premiere of her new romantic adventure comedy, The Lost City. They took the opportunity to ask her about the possibility of Ocean’s Nine, and what the actress said was promising, though a bit short of definitive. “Well, the nice thing is, we still have our text chain. So our text chain’s still very active,” Bullock said, which makes you wonder exactly what Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Awkwafina, etc. talk about all day and what memes they send each other. Bullock continued,”You need to coordinate people’s schedules, find a badass female director, an incredible female writer and come up with a story that no one would expect, that only women could pull off.”
Of course, nothing of what Sandra Bullock mentioned is easily pulled off. Along with Bullock, Blanchett, Rihanna, Awkwafina, and Hathaway; the noble thieves of Ocean’s Eight include Sarah Paulson, Helena Bonham Carter, and Mindy Kaling. So you’ve got three Oscar winners in there and one of the world’s biggest pop stars. Robbing Fort Knox and then sneaking everything you stole into the Pentagon as a prank seems less complex than coordinating those schedules enough to make time for filming a major motion picture. Not to mention in the tradition of the Ocean’s films, they’ll need to add one new star to their heist ensemble. Maybe Zendaya? Jean Smart? Is Sigourney Weaver done filming the Avatar sequels yet? Throw her in the mix!
Ocean’s Eight didn’t get the best reviews upon release, though they weren’t horrible either. The movie currently has a 68% score on Rotten Tomatoes; not enough for the coveted “certified” ranking, but too high for the dreaded green splat. After the critical consensus started to come in for the Sandra Bullock-led flick, stars like Mindy Kaling and Cate Blanchett blamed the male dominance among reviewers for the poor response. As Screen Rant notes, the film did well in the box office, earning a worldwide gross of approximately $300 million. The numbers are comparable to the ticket sales for 2007’s Ocean’s Thirteen, which didn’t do much better with critics.
Of course, this does raise a mathematically important question: if Sandra Bullock and co. keep making sequels, what happens to the titles? All they need to do is make two sequels and they’ll be at Ocean’s Ten. Then what comes next? There are already two Ocean’s Eleven movies. Do they leapfrog over the Clooney/Pitt movies to Ocean’s Fourteen? Do they instead switch to subtitles? Ocean’s: Infinity War. Ocean’s: Love and Thunder. Or maybe go the more contemporary route of forgetting a subtitle and going for just a really super-long name? Ocean’s Ten and the Multiverse of Madness. Ocean’s Nine and the Lost Kingdom. We just need these things worked out.