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Ben Stiller whitens up the black Ocean's Eleven

02.17.2010

For years, Brett Ratner has been talking about a high-concept heist flick described as a "black OCEAN'S ELEVEN", with people like Eddie Murphy, Chris Tucker and Chris Rock.

Now, apparently Eddie Murphy has dropped out (presumably to make yet another shitty family movie), and extremely non-black actor Ben Stiller is stepping in to replace him.

The project, currently called TOWER HEIST (changed from the nearly as uninspired TRUMP HEIST), will get yet another rewrite after already being sifted through several screenwriters. The question is, will they keep the black theme and play it off Stiller's inherent whiteness, or just change it into a standard heist movie with a diverse crew of crooks?

The intended robbery is set up at Universal, where Stiller keeps on Fockering. Ratner, meanwhile, hasn't made a movie since RUSH HOUR 3, although he's been threatening us with stuff like YOUNGBLOOD and BEVERLY HILLS COP 4.

Extra Tidbit: Stiller's company Red Hours produced the vine-filled horror movie THE RUINS.
Source: LA Times

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11:54PM on 02/18/2010
Fuck Ratner. My most hated director ever.
Fuck Ratner. My most hated director ever.
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12:23PM on 02/18/2010
I don't think anywhere in the article does it state that RDJ is in negotiations as well. Its just the picture.
I don't think anywhere in the article does it state that RDJ is in negotiations as well. Its just the picture.
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12:16PM on 02/18/2010
Oh yeah I bet Eddie Murphy has high standards. This project looks doomed anyway. I mean Brett Ratner blows and Ben Stiller hasn't made a funny movie in ages. I'll pass.
Oh yeah I bet Eddie Murphy has high standards. This project looks doomed anyway. I mean Brett Ratner blows and Ben Stiller hasn't made a funny movie in ages. I'll pass.
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9:44AM on 02/18/2010

So Ocean's 11 wasn't black enough?

Bunch of racists.
Bunch of racists.
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6:20AM on 02/18/2010
Well, at least Eddie Murphy is not in it. Phewww!! On the bright side, Stiller and Downey Jr. are in. I'm happy.
Well, at least Eddie Murphy is not in it. Phewww!! On the bright side, Stiller and Downey Jr. are in. I'm happy.
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5:46AM on 02/18/2010
I really don't care what Ratner does as long as he stays away from God Of War (remember the rumors?). As long as that bag of s**t is miles away from making God Of War or anything that is liked by the mass public in general, I'm happy.

Sometimes...I have dreams that Ratner's being attacked by a pack of fire-breathing hellhounds. Sweet dreams, sweet dreams.
I really don't care what Ratner does as long as he stays away from God Of War (remember the rumors?). As long as that bag of s**t is miles away from making God Of War or anything that is liked by the mass public in general, I'm happy.

Sometimes...I have dreams that Ratner's being attacked by a pack of fire-breathing hellhounds. Sweet dreams, sweet dreams.
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10:35AM on 02/18/2010
As much as I despise Bret Ratner, you're just not funny. First off, there are many other (better!) movies that Bret Ratner could destroy just by mentioning. So save the videogame bullshit.
As much as I despise Bret Ratner, you're just not funny. First off, there are many other (better!) movies that Bret Ratner could destroy just by mentioning. So save the videogame bullshit.
2:01AM on 02/18/2010
Yes yes yes more yes of yes. Robert Donwey Jr NEEDS to be in this. This movie will kick ass because I am awesome and so is Ben Stiller and this premise. I am not awesome I apoligize...well maybe a little awesome but not enough to be like DAMn Man you are awesome...nuff said
Yes yes yes more yes of yes. Robert Donwey Jr NEEDS to be in this. This movie will kick ass because I am awesome and so is Ben Stiller and this premise. I am not awesome I apoligize...well maybe a little awesome but not enough to be like DAMn Man you are awesome...nuff said
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12:55AM on 02/18/2010
Wait a second! A movie about an all black cast stealing loot and diamonds? Just when I thought how far we came as a nation, with having a mulatto president and all.......Geez, Spike Lee will not like this at all!
Wait a second! A movie about an all black cast stealing loot and diamonds? Just when I thought how far we came as a nation, with having a mulatto president and all.......Geez, Spike Lee will not like this at all!
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12:42AM on 02/18/2010

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Come on Eddie Murphy...enough with the family movies..do this movie or at least give us a good Beverly Hills Cop Sequel!
Come on Eddie Murphy...enough with the family movies..do this movie or at least give us a good Beverly Hills Cop Sequel!
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2:44AM on 02/18/2010
Seriously, Eddie is HILARIOUS. But he keeps picking these shitty movies. WTF Eddie, he was amazing in the 80s and even good in the 90s but this dude must be on a good one or something.
Seriously, Eddie is HILARIOUS. But he keeps picking these shitty movies. WTF Eddie, he was amazing in the 80s and even good in the 90s but this dude must be on a good one or something.
12:37AM on 02/18/2010

Hmmm...

Waitaminute, Don Cheadle and Bernie Mac were 'white'?

And wasn't Will Smith supposed to do something akin to an 'Ocean's Eleven' with a majority black cast?

I agree with Jig_Saw_123, keep Chris (not 'Christ;' he's not Christ...lol) Rock and Tucker away.

Actually, I don't mind Tucker as long as it's a strong director to keep him in check.

And, of course, I would prefer another director other than Mr. Ratner.
Waitaminute, Don Cheadle and Bernie Mac were 'white'?

And wasn't Will Smith supposed to do something akin to an 'Ocean's Eleven' with a majority black cast?

I agree with Jig_Saw_123, keep Chris (not 'Christ;' he's not Christ...lol) Rock and Tucker away.

Actually, I don't mind Tucker as long as it's a strong director to keep him in check.

And, of course, I would prefer another director other than Mr. Ratner.
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2:46AM on 02/18/2010
It's funny I always loved and thought Chris Rock was the better Stand up comedian but thought Tucker was funnier in movies then rock. I still enjoy both though.
It's funny I always loved and thought Chris Rock was the better Stand up comedian but thought Tucker was funnier in movies then rock. I still enjoy both though.
11:33PM on 02/17/2010

Ben Stiller > Brett Ratner

After Tropic Thunder I'd rather have Ben Stiller direct a "black Ocean's Eleven", and definitely have Robert Downey Jr. return, but please no Christ Rock or Tucker. They stopped being funny years ago.
After Tropic Thunder I'd rather have Ben Stiller direct a "black Ocean's Eleven", and definitely have Robert Downey Jr. return, but please no Christ Rock or Tucker. They stopped being funny years ago.
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11:26AM on 02/18/2010
You summed up what I was thinking. only thing i would ad - give us Downey as black Kirk Lazarus. can't get enough of that guy.
You summed up what I was thinking. only thing i would ad - give us Downey as black Kirk Lazarus. can't get enough of that guy.
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