Veteran filmmaker Gary Ross has filed for divorce to end his decades-long marriage to producer Allison Thomas.
The Oscar-nominated director on Wednesday submit court papers to end their marriage, according to The Blast.
The pair are parents to twins Claudia and Jack, who are both adults. Thomas had collaborated with Ross on multiple projects.
Ross has written and directed movies including Ocean’s Eight, The Hunger Games, Pleasantville, and Seabiscuit, the latter of which got him a pair of Oscar nominations.
Thomas worked alongside Ross as a producer on three films: Pleasantville, Seabiscuit and The Tale of Despereaux.
Ross last year opened up to the cinema site Slashfilm about how Ocean’s Eight was a passion project for him in uniting an all-star ensemble cast of actresses that included Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Awkwafina and Sarah Paulson.
‘I thought, well, it’s weird but there’s just never been a female ensemble like this,’ Ross said. ‘There hasn’t. Not where there’s sort of these kicka** women going to do something like this. It just hasn’t existed.’
He said that the concept of a female ensemble cast for Ocean’s Eight – which came on the heels of three previous Ocean’s films that starred male ensemble casts – was something he ‘originated and created, brought to the studio, and worked for five years to get made.’
He added, ‘I wasn’t really a director for hire on this … it really was a personal movie in that respect, even though it’s derived from another franchise.’
Ross said that he knew the concept of film – a commercial hit in theaters, taking in more than $296 million worldwide off of a $70 million budget, according to Box Office Mojo – would strike a chord with female viewers, after seeing how they responded to Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss character in The Hunger Games.
‘After Hunger Games, the thing that sort of stayed with me after I left the franchise, that resonated me the most, was how girls were taken with and moved by the fact that there was a protagonist in a movie that they could relate to that they hadn’t seen in a movie like that before,’ he said. ‘And that that was so resonant to them and that it made a difference to them.’