- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Pop star Rihanna and actress Anne Hathaway are close to formally signing on to an all-female reboot of the “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise to be titled “Ocean’s 8,” Deadline Hollywood reported Wednesday.

“The Office” alumna Mindy Kaling is also reported to be joining the cast, which already includes Oscar-winning silver-screen veterans Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett.

“The picture is still casting — the firmed roster so far falls one shy of the title — and there is every possibility for cameos from the stars of the original trilogy, which grossed a collective $1.12 billion worldwide,” Deadline Hollywood noted.

Of course sequels and reboots can be risky propositions financially, and the gender-swapping conceit may be particularly fraught with peril if the “Ghostbusters” reboot is any indication.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the all-female paranormal action-comedy is heading to a loss of at least $70 million.

“As of Aug. 7, Ghostbusters had earned just under $180 million at the global box office, including $117 million domestic,” noted the Reporter in a story published Wednesday morning. “The film still hasn’t opened in a few markets, including France, Japan and Mexico, but box-office experts say it will have trouble getting to $225 million despite a hefty net production budget of $144 million plus a big marketing spend. The studio has said break-even would be $300 million.”

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