It’s been nearly two decades since the release of “Ocean’s 11,” and the blockbuster movie has spawned two sequels in the meantime. In fact, during a recent appearance on “Good Morning America,” movie star Matt Damon hinted at the possibility of doing yet another sequel in the hit series.
“It would always be up to [director] Steven Soderbergh if there was a story,” Damon told “GMA.” “We have lost a couple of our members, so we would have to figure it out. We are a depleted gang now.”
Original cast members Bernie Mac and Carl Reiner have died in the years since “Ocean’s 13,” which came out in 2007.
Watch Damon talk about the chance of an “Ocean’s 14,” plus his new movie “Stillwater,” here:
Matt Damon Starred in ‘Ocean’s 11’ and Sequels
In typical Hollywood fashion, “Ocean’s 11” was a remake of a 1960 movie by the same title. The original starred Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford, among others. In the 1960 version, Danny Ocean corrals ten of his World War II buddies to rob five Las Vegas casinos all in the same night.
Then, in the sequels to the 2001 remake, Danny Ocean adds some team members. “Ocean’s 12” takes place in Europe and involves three simultaneous heists on the continent. “Ocean’s 13” follows the gang as they prepare to pay back casino owner Willy Bank, who betrayed Reuben Tishkoff, a member of the original gang of 11.
Damon Says He and Ben Affleck Enjoyed Screenwriting Together Again
Meanwhile, Matt Damon hasn’t just been sitting around waiting for “Ocean’s 14” to solidify. He’s kept up a busy work schedule and has two films out this year, of which “Stillwater” is one.
Damon and his old pal Ben Affleck famously teamed up to write the screenplay for the Oscar-winning “Good Will Hunting.” Then they reunited, on the page and onscreen, for this year’s “The Last Duel.”
Entertainment Tonight recently spoke with Damon about the two friends’ collaborative process, and what’s been different this time around.
“I think that writing process for Good Will Hunting was so inefficient,” Damon told ET. “You know, because we didn’t really understand structure so we wrote thousands of pages. … We’d be like, ‘Well, what if this happened?,’ and then we’d just write different scenes. So, we had all these kind of disparate scenes and then we kind of tried to jam them together into something that looked like a movie.”
Damon said that for “The Last Duel,” he and Affleck wrote the knights’ perspective and Nicole Holofcener wrote the female perspective. Then they put it all together to make a cohesive movie.
“I think we just found that having made… like, making movies for 30 years, we actually learned something about structure along the way and the process went along a lot faster,” he said. “And so I think we’ll write a lot more in the future just because it didn’t turn out to be as time consuming as we thought. It was actually a lot of fun.”