Steven Soderbergh, one of cinema’s most encyclopedic minds, may be working on a follow up to his Ocean’s trilogy according to Don Cheadle who has been working with the director on No Sudden Move for HBO Max.
“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,’” Cheadle initially stated in a recent interview. Though, the Avengers actor who plays the stylish British explosives expert in the original trilogy, then said: “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’”.
Although Cheadle would be keen to reprise his role, he appears unsure as to who would return from the original cast, noting: “But I don’t know; I don’t know who would be in it. I imagine the main group of us would be in. It would be interesting to see”.
Having directed the original Ocean’s Eleven in 2001, along with Ocean’s Twelve and Ocean’s Thirteen in 2004 and 2007, respectively, Soderbergh also had a hand in the all-female spin-off Ocean’s Eight released in 2018, helping to produce the film. We’ll have to wait a while for a presumed ‘Ocean’s Fourteen’, however, as the director has recently revealed that he is working on a “philosophical” sequel to his 2011 pandemic-themed thriller Contagion.
“I’ve got a project in development that [Contagion screenwriter] Scott Burns is working with me on, that’s a kind of philosophical sequel to Contagion, but in a different context,” the director stated.
Depicting the very real-life situation of a deadly pandemic running rampant throughout the world, Soderbergh’s film took on new life in 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic, gaining a large amount of public attention.