Lucky Thirteen?

All Aboard (Mostly) for "Ocean's Thirteen"

Warner Bros. announced Monday that Clooney, Pitt, Damon and most of the usual suspects from the first two Ocean pics will return for next year's threequel, Ocean's Thirteen. Steven Soderbergh will be on hand to direct for the third time.


"The odds were long on this happening, and it would not have been possible were it not for those actors and director moving other projects out of the way," Weintraub told Variety. "The five of us [Weintraub, Clooney, Pitt, Damon and Soderbergh] are all great friends, and we decided we were going to kill ourselves to get this done."

Funny. Not a week ago I heard from my Hollywood sources that they were having a hell of a time getting Pitt to sign on. It seemed like he might have to beg off due to his baby-having with Miss Angelina. I'm man enough admit I was more than a little bothered by the news -- my feeling being that the Clooney-Pitt chemistry is the main reason to watch these things, though I do wish Damon's "Linus" would get more play.

But yeah, the vibe for this instalment of Ocean's 11+n is supposed to be as "back to basics" as this kind of thing can be (at least partly, that translates to "No Girls!", I guess). Now let's see if they can actually manage to get the film in the can without a three ring circus. Odds are actually better than they had been previously, since they seem to be eliminating most of the jet-setting tomfoolery by shooting in the LA area.

While I will certainly watch it (and most likely enjoy it), I hope it turns out better than Twelve.