When Matt Damon’s Linus Caldwell said, “I guess I’ll see you when I see you” to George Clooney’s Danny Ocean, Brad Pitt’s Rusty Ryan, and by extension, the audience during the airport scene of Ocean’s 13… we all assumed he meant within the next few years. Little did we know, the franchise would halt to a standstill for over a decade, until Gary Ross’ all-female Ocean’s 8 fronted by an all-star cast of Sandra Bullock as Debbie Ocean (sister of Danny), Cate Blanchett as Lou Miller, Anne Hathaway as Daphne Kluger, Rihanna as Nine Ball, Sarah Paulson as Tammy, Helena Bonham Carter as Rose Weil, and more. Despite the years gone by, however, Ocean’s 14 isn’t completely dead in the water.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly to promote his latest collaboration with original Ocean’s trilogy director Steven Soderbergh – No Sudden Move; yet another crime film starring himself, Benicio Del Toro, Brendan Fraser – Don Cheadle, who portrayed British demolitions expert Basher Tarr, revealed he’d been in recent discussions with Soderbergh himself about the matter. And if sounds very promising:
“We were talking about it [after Ocean’s Thirteen], and then Bernie Mac passed, and very quickly we were like… ‘No, we don’t want to do it’,” explains Cheadle.
“But I just did a movie with Steven and he said, ‘I think there may be a way to do it again. I’m thinking about it.’ And it didn’t go much further than that. But I don’t know… I don’t know who all would be in it. I imagine the main group of us would be in. It would be interesting to see.”
In addition to Mac – who portrayed the charismatic Frank Catton – Carl Reiner, the man behind Saul Bloom, has also since passed away. Meaning Danny Ocean and Rusty Ryan will probably need to find a few others to fill out the crew; joining Elliot Gould as Reuben Tishkoff, Casey Affleck as Virgil Malloy, Scott Caan as Turk Malloy, Eddie Jemison as Livingston Dell, Shaobo Qin as The Amazing Yen – who had a brief cameo in Ocean’s 8 – and of course, Cheadle as Basher.
How Soderbergh has found “a way to do it again” is anyone’s guess (especially since Danny Ocean ostensibly “died” off-screen in Ocean’s 8). Perhaps Danny and Rusty will state it simply wasn’t Frank or Saul’s fight onscreen, similar to how they handled Julia Roberts and Catherine Zeta-Jones’ absence as Tess Ocean and Isabel Lahiri respectively in Ocean’s 13. Perhaps crew members from Ocean’s 8 will pop up for this one. It probably doesn’t need to be pointed out, but Ocean’s 14 is certainly still a longs way away.
We’ll keep you updated on all things Oceans 14 when the time comes.