‘Ocean’s 8’ Plotting $30 Million Box Office Opening Weekend

“Ocean’s 8” is placing its bets on a safe opening weekend. Early tracking shows the female-led heist film is eyeing a domestic debut of $30 million when it opens on June 8, though some estimates show it could earn as much as $36 milli…

“Ocean’s 8” is placing its bets on a safe opening weekend. Early tracking shows the female-led heist film is eyeing a domestic debut of $30 million when it opens on June 8, though some estimates show it could earn as much as $36 million. A three-day weekend total around $30 million would be significantly less […]

‘Ocean’s 8,’ One of This Summer’s Big Gambles, Plots to Steal $30 Million on Opening Weekend

After a May loaded with Marvel and Star Wars, June will see some different potential summer blockbusters storm theaters, aiming to give moviegoers a change of pace. Leading them is Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s “Ocean’s 8,” an all-female spin-off of Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Trilogy” that is considered one of the riskier wide releases coming out this summer.

This is the second straight year Warner Bros turned to women to bring in big summer bucks. Last year, the studio had the movie of the summer, Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman,” which grossed $412.5 million during its domestic run and became the flag-bearer in the push for more major films that prominently feature women in the cast and crew.

“Ocean’s 8,” a decidedly different movie, isn’t expected to make nearly as much — as early tracking has its opening weekend set at roughly $30 million against a production budget of $70 million. It was made for much cheaper than “Wonder Woman” — which was produced with more than double the “Ocean’s” budget at $149 million.

Still, a $30 million opening is likely a lower figure than the studio wants (all films in the franchise, starting with 2001’s “Ocean’s Eleven,” topped that number on their respective debuts). WB is probably hoping that tracking trends upwards as the film’s release nears and that moviegoers who have demanded more films with women in typically male roles will turn out for this gender-flipped spinoff of a series known for suave dudes planning heists in exotic locales.

Also Read: 9 Riskiest, Priciest Summer Movie Gambles, From ‘Ocean’s 8’ to ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

“Ocean’s 8” will have some distance between it and the big blockbusters that come before and after, going against a third-weekend “Solo” on its release, with two weeks until “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” hits theaters, signaling the return of triple-A blockbusters to movie theaters. In between “Ocean’s 8” and “Fallen Kingdom,” Disney will send in the Pixar sequel “Incredibles 2,” which may pull away female audiences depending on the word of mouth, and critical response, for this heist film.

In the place of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon is a murderer’s row of actresses led by Sandra Bullock, who plays master thief Debbie Ocean. Debbie is the estranged sister of “Ocean’s Eleven” protagonist Danny Ocean, and apparently shares his penchant for stealing untold millions in ridiculous, risky thefts. But while Danny targeted Vegas casinos, Debbie stages a plot to steal a necklace worth over $100 million during the star-studded Met Gala in New York.

Joining Bullock on the cast as Debbie’s crew are Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter. Anne Hathaway, meanwhile, plays Debbie’s target: a starlet named Daphne Kluger who will be wearing the priceless necklace to the gala.

Also Read: Sandra Bullock Plans Epic Met Gala Heist in New ‘Ocean’s 8’ Trailer (Video)

Gary Ross is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Olivia Milch. Soderbergh is producing the film with Susan Ekins. Watch the trailer below.

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After a May loaded with Marvel and Star Wars, June will see some different potential summer blockbusters storm theaters, aiming to give moviegoers a change of pace. Leading them is Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s “Ocean’s 8,” an all-female spin-off of Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Trilogy” that is considered one of the riskier wide releases coming out this summer.

This is the second straight year Warner Bros turned to women to bring in big summer bucks. Last year, the studio had the movie of the summer, Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot’s “Wonder Woman,” which grossed $412.5 million during its domestic run and became the flag-bearer in the push for more major films that prominently feature women in the cast and crew.

“Ocean’s 8,” a decidedly different movie, isn’t expected to make nearly as much — as early tracking has its opening weekend set at roughly $30 million against a production budget of $70 million. It was made for much cheaper than “Wonder Woman” — which was produced with more than double the “Ocean’s” budget at $149 million.

Still, a $30 million opening is likely a lower figure than the studio wants (all films in the franchise, starting with 2001’s “Ocean’s Eleven,” topped that number on their respective debuts). WB is probably hoping that tracking trends upwards as the film’s release nears and that moviegoers who have demanded more films with women in typically male roles will turn out for this gender-flipped spinoff of a series known for suave dudes planning heists in exotic locales.

“Ocean’s 8” will have some distance between it and the big blockbusters that come before and after, going against a third-weekend “Solo” on its release, with two weeks until “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” hits theaters, signaling the return of triple-A blockbusters to movie theaters. In between “Ocean’s 8” and “Fallen Kingdom,” Disney will send in the Pixar sequel “Incredibles 2,” which may pull away female audiences depending on the word of mouth, and critical response, for this heist film.

In the place of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon is a murderer’s row of actresses led by Sandra Bullock, who plays master thief Debbie Ocean. Debbie is the estranged sister of “Ocean’s Eleven” protagonist Danny Ocean, and apparently shares his penchant for stealing untold millions in ridiculous, risky thefts. But while Danny targeted Vegas casinos, Debbie stages a plot to steal a necklace worth over $100 million during the star-studded Met Gala in New York.

Joining Bullock on the cast as Debbie’s crew are Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter. Anne Hathaway, meanwhile, plays Debbie’s target: a starlet named Daphne Kluger who will be wearing the priceless necklace to the gala.

Gary Ross is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Olivia Milch. Soderbergh is producing the film with Susan Ekins. Watch the trailer below.

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‘Ocean’s 8’ Looking Great On Tracking With Potential $45M Start

Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s gender swap all-star heist comedy Ocean’s 8 arrived on tracking this morning with industry projections indicating that the pic could open to $45M when it opens on June 8. Some tracking firms have the all femm…

Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s gender swap all-star heist comedy Ocean’s 8 arrived on tracking this morning with industry projections indicating that the pic could open to $45M when it opens on June 8. Some tracking firms have the all femme pic at $30M,  but it will come as no surprise if Ocean’s 8 debuts at the level of Sony’s all-girl reboot Ghostbusters ($46M opening, $128.3M domestic, $229.1M WW). While Ghostbusters was not a commercial success off a reported $144M…

‘Deadpool 2’ Once Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Twentieth Century Fox claims the top spot in spending with “Deadpool 2” for the second week in a row.   Ads placed for t…

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Twentieth Century Fox claims the top spot in spending with “Deadpool 2” for the second week in a row.   Ads placed for the superhero sequel had an estimated media value of $4.65 million through Sunday […]

9 Riskiest, Priciest Summer Movie Gambles, From ‘Ocean’s 8’ to ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

The summer movie season is crucial for Hollywood. The four-month period typically accounts for roughly 40 percent of the yearly box office, goosed by out-of-school kids and the lure of both air conditioning and youth-friendly blockbusters.

Studios have even more on the line this year, to make up for last year’s abysmal box office from May through the end of August. The season brought in $3.8 billion, down 15 percent from 2016 and the worst box office in more than a decade.

While there were a handful of pay-offs and surprise hits — such as Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman,” Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and Universal’s “Girls Trip” — last year’s summer season was wrecked by big-budget underperformers, including Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Universal’s “The Mummy” and Paramount’s “Transformers: The Last Knight” and “Baywatch.”

Also Read: Summer’s 5 Biggest Box Office Showdowns, Including ‘Deadpool 2’ vs. ‘Solo’ (Photos)

Surely Hollywood doesn’t want a repeat of last year. Here’s some of our picks for riskiest bets, that studios are likely praying pay off:

“Overboard” (Pantelion, May 4)

Even for the beloved Anna Faris, the filmography of Goldie Hawn is sacrosanct and an inherent risk to reboot — to say nothing of the fact that this reverse-Pygmalion has also reversed its gender roles.

Faris plays a blue collar single mom down on her luck. Eugenio Derbez (“How to Be a Latin Lover”) plays a spoiled playboy whose permanent residence is a yacht — a version of Hawn’s character from the original 1987 comedy. Rough seas and a case of amnesia let Faris manipulate Derbez into believing he’s her husband, and he must support her misbehaved family.

When a trailer launched for the Pantelion comedy, social media did not take well to the optics of a white woman forcing a rich Latino male into lower-middle-class grunt work.

However, the film’s relatively low budget and winning stars — plus a rare film crossover for TV veteran Eva Longoria — has us curious to see if this ship will sail.

Also Read: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Expected to Assemble $100 Million During 2nd Weekend

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” (Disney/Lucasfilm, May 25)

The production of Disney’s highly anticipated continuation in its Star Wars extended universe has been wracked with turbulence. The original directors for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“The Lego Movie”), were pushed off the project over creative differences with the studio — replaced by Ron Howard in mid-shoot.

There have been reports of questions about tone and Alden Ehrenreich’s performance in the role that Harrison Ford made famous. As if that weren’t enough, the stakes are higher  — for often prickly “Star Wars” fans — given that this is the first of Lucasfilm’s post-Disney movies that revisits one of its most iconic characters (unlike the previous prequel “Rogue One,” which centered on mostly new characters).

The production budget for the film hasn’t been reported, but it’s probably a safe bet to say it’s in the same ballpark as “Rogue One” ($200 million) and “The Force Awakens’” ($245 million) — perhaps a bit more, given the additional shooting. Luckily, “Solo” appears to have a star performance from “Atlanta” creator Donald Glover, and it’s got that little known brand “Star Wars” behind it too, for what it’s worth.

Also Read: ‘Solo’ Featurette Teases Look at Daily Life in the Galactic Empire (Video)

“Ocean’s 8” (Warner Bros., June 8)

Like most franchises not named Marvel, the “Ocean’s” trilogy saw diminishing returns when George Clooney, Brad Pitt and the crew got together one last time in 2007. But Warner Bros. and writer-director Gary Ross (“The Hunger Games”) will try to breathe new life into the heist team-up with an all-female cast led by Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.

There are two big challenges here: reigniting a franchise after more than a decade and rebooting a familiar property with female leads (especially after Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” disappointment two years ago).

The studio is hedging its bets, though. Despite an A-list cast that also includes Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina and Rihanna, the film’s $70 million production budget is just under the $85 million budgets of “Ocean’s 13” and “Ocean’s 11” — and a bargain compared to the middle installment’s $110 million cost.

Also Read: Sandra Bullock Says Sarah Paulson Tried Singing Like Rihanna on the Set of ‘Ocean’s 8’ (Video)

Disney/Pixar

“The Incredibles 2” (Disney/Pixar, June 15)

What’s most incredible about this animated property is that it took Walt Disney Pictures 14 years to make a sequel. The monolithic film company does not usually let intellectual property with this kind of four-quadrant popularity sit still for long.

Brad Bird returns to direct the sequel with original voice stars Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson and Samuel L. Jackson — about a family or superheroes in a city where sacking the day results in collateral damage like, you know, dismantled skyscrapers and injured bystanders. Forced into hiding by legislation that make it illegal for them to use their special gifts, the family can’t seen to help saving the day when they’re called.

Millennials who watched the film in pajamas may be too old to rekindle significant box office numbers — but the enduring cultural relevance of the film (mostly thanks to a still-referenced character modeled after Vogue editor Anna Wintour) might make this gamble worth it for the mouse house.

“Sicario: Day of the Soldado” (Sony/Columbia, June 29)

Why exactly are we getting a sequel to 2016’s “Sicario”? Did anyone actually ask for this? Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 action thriller grossed $46.9 million domestically on a production budget of $30 million — not the kind of numbers that would ordinarily justify a follow-up.

Riskier still, original star Emily Blunt sits out the sequel — though Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin return for a run-in along the U.S.-Mexico border that may end more happily than their encounter in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

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Marvel Studios

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” (Disney/Marvel, July 6)

We should say up top that this movie will likely be fine. There’s probably little to worry about, it being Marvel product and all.

The fact that the studio was even able to make one film based on this third-tier character, and survive its own director upheaval back in 2015 is a testament to Marvel Studios and the Marvel brand.

However, “Ant-Man and the Wasp’s” predecessor is one of Marvel’s worst performing films in the MCU. The first “Ant-Man” pulled in a little more than $180 million domestically on a budget of $130 million. The only films in the MCU with lower performing domestic totals are “Captain America: The First Avenger” ($176.7 million) and “The Incredible Hulk” ($134.8 million), which people oft forget is even part of the MCU.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is coming just a little more than a month after the Herculean debut of “Avengers: Infinity War,” though. It seems pretty clear that superhero fatigue isn’t really a thing, and Marvel has already begun marketing the film with an “Infinity War” tie-in.

Also Read: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’: 7 Things We Learned From That Sick New Trailer

Disney

“Christopher Robin” (Disney, Aug. 3)

Didn’t we see this movie last year? No? It was a different film? After last year’s Fox Searchlight biographical drama “Goodbye Christopher Robin” about Winnie-the-Pooh creator A. A. Milne, Disney will release a fantasy comedic drama, “Christopher Robin,” about a grown up Christopher Robin (played by Ewan McGregor) who’s lost all sense of imagination.

Disney did not spend Marvel bucks on this film, but the studio has not had a great track record when it comes to live-action films that aren’t from Marvel, Lucasfilm or direct adaptations of its vault of animated classics.

“Crazy Rich Asians” (Warner Bros., Aug. 17)

Everything about “Crazy Rich Asians” is decadent summer fun, which makes the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel perfect for the dog days of August. The risk here would be the same statistic that makes “CRA” so special — it’s the only studio film to feature an entirely-Asian cast in 25 years (last time was the tearjerker “The Joy Luck Club”).

Constance Wu and the hunky Henry Golding play a humble pair of engaged NYU professors, but as wedding plans ratchet up, Wu’s character starts pressuring her beau to meet his parents. Turns out he’s got the same social standing as Prince William in Singapore — and a bank account to match.

If it works, it will be a watershed inclusion moment. If it doesn’t, lagging Hollywood might be hesitant to greenlight anything similar. That can’t wait another 25 years.

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“Happytime Murders” (STX Entertainment, Aug. 17)

What’s risky about a film starring Melissa McCarthy as an alcoholic, world-weary detective in an raunchy R-rated comedy thriller? Well, this time she’s in the buddy of a bright, blue puppet.

Brian Henson, son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, directs the satire of gruesome murder mysteries — which garnered much attention at last month’s CinemaCon for footage of felt puppet hookers snorting ecstasy and engaging in silly-string orgasms.

As long as minors don’t wander into the theater unattended, we don’t see this one losing.

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Timothée Chalamet Returns to the ’80s in ‘Hot Summer Nights’ Trailer (Video)

The summer movie season is crucial for Hollywood. The four-month period typically accounts for roughly 40 percent of the yearly box office, goosed by out-of-school kids and the lure of both air conditioning and youth-friendly blockbusters.

Studios have even more on the line this year, to make up for last year’s abysmal box office from May through the end of August. The season brought in $3.8 billion, down 15 percent from 2016 and the worst box office in more than a decade.

While there were a handful of pay-offs and surprise hits — such as Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman,” Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and Universal’s “Girls Trip” — last year’s summer season was wrecked by big-budget underperformers, including Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Universal’s “The Mummy” and Paramount’s “Transformers: The Last Knight” and “Baywatch.”

Surely Hollywood doesn’t want a repeat of last year. Here’s some of our picks for riskiest bets, that studios are likely praying pay off:

“Overboard” (Pantelion, May 4)

Even for the beloved Anna Faris, the filmography of Goldie Hawn is sacrosanct and an inherent risk to reboot — to say nothing of the fact that this reverse-Pygmalion has also reversed its gender roles.

Faris plays a blue collar single mom down on her luck. Eugenio Derbez (“How to Be a Latin Lover”) plays a spoiled playboy whose permanent residence is a yacht — a version of Hawn’s character from the original 1987 comedy. Rough seas and a case of amnesia let Faris manipulate Derbez into believing he’s her husband, and he must support her misbehaved family.

When a trailer launched for the Pantelion comedy, social media did not take well to the optics of a white woman forcing a rich Latino male into lower-middle-class grunt work.

However, the film’s relatively low budget and winning stars — plus a rare film crossover for TV veteran Eva Longoria — has us curious to see if this ship will sail.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” (Disney/Lucasfilm, May 25)

The production of Disney’s highly anticipated continuation in its Star Wars extended universe has been wracked with turbulence. The original directors for “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“The Lego Movie”), were pushed off the project over creative differences with the studio — replaced by Ron Howard in mid-shoot.

There have been reports of questions about tone and Alden Ehrenreich’s performance in the role that Harrison Ford made famous. As if that weren’t enough, the stakes are higher  — for often prickly “Star Wars” fans — given that this is the first of Lucasfilm’s post-Disney movies that revisits one of its most iconic characters (unlike the previous prequel “Rogue One,” which centered on mostly new characters).

The production budget for the film hasn’t been reported, but it’s probably a safe bet to say it’s in the same ballpark as “Rogue One” ($200 million) and “The Force Awakens'” ($245 million) — perhaps a bit more, given the additional shooting. Luckily, “Solo” appears to have a star performance from “Atlanta” creator Donald Glover, and it’s got that little known brand “Star Wars” behind it too, for what it’s worth.

“Ocean’s 8” (Warner Bros., June 8)

Like most franchises not named Marvel, the “Ocean’s” trilogy saw diminishing returns when George Clooney, Brad Pitt and the crew got together one last time in 2007. But Warner Bros. and writer-director Gary Ross (“The Hunger Games”) will try to breathe new life into the heist team-up with an all-female cast led by Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.

There are two big challenges here: reigniting a franchise after more than a decade and rebooting a familiar property with female leads (especially after Paul Feig’s “Ghostbusters” disappointment two years ago).

The studio is hedging its bets, though. Despite an A-list cast that also includes Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina and Rihanna, the film’s $70 million production budget is just under the $85 million budgets of “Ocean’s 13” and “Ocean’s 11” — and a bargain compared to the middle installment’s $110 million cost.

Disney/Pixar

“The Incredibles 2” (Disney/Pixar, June 15)

What’s most incredible about this animated property is that it took Walt Disney Pictures 14 years to make a sequel. The monolithic film company does not usually let intellectual property with this kind of four-quadrant popularity sit still for long.

Brad Bird returns to direct the sequel with original voice stars Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson and Samuel L. Jackson — about a family or superheroes in a city where sacking the day results in collateral damage like, you know, dismantled skyscrapers and injured bystanders. Forced into hiding by legislation that make it illegal for them to use their special gifts, the family can’t seen to help saving the day when they’re called.

Millennials who watched the film in pajamas may be too old to rekindle significant box office numbers — but the enduring cultural relevance of the film (mostly thanks to a still-referenced character modeled after Vogue editor Anna Wintour) might make this gamble worth it for the mouse house.

“Sicario: Day of the Soldado” (Sony/Columbia, June 29)

Why exactly are we getting a sequel to 2016’s “Sicario”? Did anyone actually ask for this? Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 action thriller grossed $46.9 million domestically on a production budget of $30 million — not the kind of numbers that would ordinarily justify a follow-up.

Riskier still, original star Emily Blunt sits out the sequel — though Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin return for a run-in along the U.S.-Mexico border that may end more happily than their encounter in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Marvel Studios

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” (Disney/Marvel, July 6)

We should say up top that this movie will likely be fine. There’s probably little to worry about, it being Marvel product and all.

The fact that the studio was even able to make one film based on this third-tier character, and survive its own director upheaval back in 2015 is a testament to Marvel Studios and the Marvel brand.

However, “Ant-Man and the Wasp’s” predecessor is one of Marvel’s worst performing films in the MCU. The first “Ant-Man” pulled in a little more than $180 million domestically on a budget of $130 million. The only films in the MCU with lower performing domestic totals are “Captain America: The First Avenger” ($176.7 million) and “The Incredible Hulk” ($134.8 million), which people oft forget is even part of the MCU.

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” is coming just a little more than a month after the Herculean debut of “Avengers: Infinity War,” though. It seems pretty clear that superhero fatigue isn’t really a thing, and Marvel has already begun marketing the film with an “Infinity War” tie-in.

Disney

“Christopher Robin” (Disney, Aug. 3)

Didn’t we see this movie last year? No? It was a different film? After last year’s Fox Searchlight biographical drama “Goodbye Christopher Robin” about Winnie-the-Pooh creator A. A. Milne, Disney will release a fantasy comedic drama, “Christopher Robin,” about a grown up Christopher Robin (played by Ewan McGregor) who’s lost all sense of imagination.

Disney did not spend Marvel bucks on this film, but the studio has not had a great track record when it comes to live-action films that aren’t from Marvel, Lucasfilm or direct adaptations of its vault of animated classics.

“Crazy Rich Asians” (Warner Bros., Aug. 17)

Everything about “Crazy Rich Asians” is decadent summer fun, which makes the adaptation of Kevin Kwan’s best-selling novel perfect for the dog days of August. The risk here would be the same statistic that makes “CRA” so special — it’s the only studio film to feature an entirely-Asian cast in 25 years (last time was the tearjerker “The Joy Luck Club”).

Constance Wu and the hunky Henry Golding play a humble pair of engaged NYU professors, but as wedding plans ratchet up, Wu’s character starts pressuring her beau to meet his parents. Turns out he’s got the same social standing as Prince William in Singapore — and a bank account to match.

If it works, it will be a watershed inclusion moment. If it doesn’t, lagging Hollywood might be hesitant to greenlight anything similar. That can’t wait another 25 years.

“Happytime Murders” (STX Entertainment, Aug. 17)

What’s risky about a film starring Melissa McCarthy as an alcoholic, world-weary detective in an raunchy R-rated comedy thriller? Well, this time she’s in the buddy of a bright, blue puppet.

Brian Henson, son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, directs the satire of gruesome murder mysteries — which garnered much attention at last month’s CinemaCon for footage of felt puppet hookers snorting ecstasy and engaging in silly-string orgasms.

As long as minors don’t wander into the theater unattended, we don’t see this one losing.

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12 Movie Remakes With Gender-Swapped Leads, From ‘His Girl Friday’ to ‘Overboard’ (Photos)

From lady “Ghostbusters” to talk of a female James Bond, Hollywood has taken a shine to remaking classic movies or TV shows with gender-swapped leads as a way of mixing up a tried and true formula. But the trend dates back farther than to j…

From lady “Ghostbusters” to talk of a female James Bond, Hollywood has taken a shine to remaking classic movies or TV shows with gender-swapped leads as a way of mixing up a tried and true formula. But the trend dates back farther than to just the last few years. The latest example of this is “Overboard” opening Friday, which swaps out Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell for Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris. But here are some other movies that looked to remake something old with not just a fresh face but from an entirely different point of view.

“His Girl Friday” (1940)

Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell move a mile a minute and have a natural chemistry as reporters Walter Burns and Hildy Johnson in Howard Hawks’s screwball comedy classic “His Girl Friday.” But missing from its source material, both the play and the movie “The Front Page” by playwright Ben Hecht, is the wonderful romantic back and forth between the two because Hildy was originally played by a man.

“The Incredible Shrinking Woman” (1981)

The ’50s B-movie “The Incredible Shrinking Man” is already a little campy, but for the reboot, Lily Tomlin took over the lead role and made the sci-fi fantasy a full-on parody.

“Overboard” (2018)

Even Jennifer Lopez couldn’t get a remake of Goldie Hawn’s “Overboard” to float. But by swapping the gender roles, Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez, with Derbez in Hawn’s role and Faris taking the part of the overworked Kurt Russell, they made it work. But the “Overboard” remake is also intended to break racial barriers as well as gender barriers. “This time the Mexican is going to be the millionaire and she’s going to be cleaning the floors,” Derbez told TheWrap.

“The Next Karate Kid” (1994)

After three movies featuring Ralph Macchio, Mr. Miyagi took on a new pupil played by Hilary Swank for the 1994 reboot. However, “The Karate Kid” would gender swap back to a boy for the 2010 remake with Jaden Smith.

“Herbie Fully Loaded” (2005)

When Disney dusted off “The Love Bug” and found the magical Herbie a new owner, they looked to one of the biggest young stars of the day, Lindsay Lohan. The movie was ridiculous, but Lohan proved to be a regular Danica Patrick.

“Last Holiday” (2006)

Though it’s hardly a resemblance after a gap of 56 years between them, the Queen Latifah comedy is actually a remake of a British classic from 1950 starring Alec Guinness.

“The Tempest” (2010)

If anyone was going to gender swap Shakespeare, it would be Helen Mirren. She starred as Prospero in Julie Taymor’s sumptuous adaptation of “The Tempest.”

“Ghostbusters” (2016)

“Ghostbusters” is such a beloved fan favorite that this admirable remake starring the hilarious quartet of Kirsten Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones received a lot of unfortunate criticism and hate from dudes who didn’t want to see women get the chance to be this funny.

“Ocean’s 8” (2018)

Move over Rat Pack. This summer’s upcoming “Ocean’s 8” has an absolutely stacked cast: Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna and Awkafina. Most gender-swapped reboots can’t boast this much talent.

“What Men Want” (2019)

The Mel Gibson comedy “What Women Want” is a charming enough movie, but it’s in big need of an update. Taraji P. Henson is starring in the adaptation of the Nancy Meyers story as directed by Adam Shankman.

“The Hustle” (2018)

“The Hustle” isn’t a remake of the Paul Newman, pool shark movie “The Hustler” (although that sounds like a solid candidate for a gender-swapped reboot too), but of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson taking over the con job from Steve Martin and Michael Caine.

“American Psycho II: All American Girl” (2002)

With Christian Bale definitely not coming back for a sequel, this slapdash sequel to the Bret Easton Ellis cult classic pegged Mila Kunis as an “angrier, deadlier and sexier” killer than even Patrick Bateman. The movie opens with a flashback of Kunis as a little girl being Bateman’s one victim who got away and now took up the serial killer mantle.

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Sandra Bullock Says Sarah Paulson Tried Singing Like Rihanna on the Set of ‘Ocean’s 8’ (Video)

While Sandra Bullock can’t reveal much about her upcoming film “Ocean’s 8,” the actress did share some fun moments she had with co-stars Helena Bonham Carter and Sarah Paulson on set.

“For some reason what’s coming to mind is that Helena Bonham Carter was like a cat,” Bullock responded to a fan’s question in a video for InStyle. “I could take the laser pointer, and just at random moments I would point the laser pointer on the floor and she would jump out of the chair and follow it like a human cat. It was incredibly impressive.”

And “Sarah Paulson trying to sing like Rihanna,” added Bullock. “Never sounded like Rihanna. But she tried! We had a pretty good time.”

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The film follows Debbie Ocean (Bullock) who is fresh out of prison when she recruits a team of thieves to rob the Met during the famed Met Gala in New York City. Her partners in crime include Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Awkwafina, Paulson and Bonham Carter.

The film is scheduled to hit theaters on June 8, 2018. It is directed by Gary Ross, written by Ross and Olivia Milch, and produced by George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh.

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Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy grossed over $400 million at the domestic box office between 2004 and 2007. Each installment made over $100 million.

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While Sandra Bullock can’t reveal much about her upcoming film “Ocean’s 8,” the actress did share some fun moments she had with co-stars Helena Bonham Carter and Sarah Paulson on set.

“For some reason what’s coming to mind is that Helena Bonham Carter was like a cat,” Bullock responded to a fan’s question in a video for InStyle. “I could take the laser pointer, and just at random moments I would point the laser pointer on the floor and she would jump out of the chair and follow it like a human cat. It was incredibly impressive.”

And “Sarah Paulson trying to sing like Rihanna,” added Bullock. “Never sounded like Rihanna. But she tried! We had a pretty good time.”

The film follows Debbie Ocean (Bullock) who is fresh out of prison when she recruits a team of thieves to rob the Met during the famed Met Gala in New York City. Her partners in crime include Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Awkwafina, Paulson and Bonham Carter.

The film is scheduled to hit theaters on June 8, 2018. It is directed by Gary Ross, written by Ross and Olivia Milch, and produced by George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh.

Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” trilogy grossed over $400 million at the domestic box office between 2004 and 2007. Each installment made over $100 million.

Watch the video below.

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