After The Bourne Ultimatum came out in 2007, Matt Damon famously said that if he did another Bourne movie they’d have to call it The Bourne Redundancy.
Let’s hope nobody at Universal holds him to that now that he and director Paul Greengrass are plotting their return to the spy thriller franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, talks between Universal, Damon, and Greengrass are in the very early stages. However, the idea is that Greengrass, who directed the second and third instalments of what was a triology, will write and direct this time around. Meanwhile, Damon will handle the shooting, stabbing, and hand-to-hand combat.
If everything pans out, it’s believed the sequel to the Jeremy Renner spinoff, Bourne Legacy, would get bumped from its supposed July 2016 release date in favor of Damon and company. Right now it’s not know whether that would be a temporary bump or a permanent bump. But my guess is that, if the new Damon-led Bourne flick performs well at the box office—and it will—the bump could be permanent.
It’s a good thing Renner has that little Avengers franchise to fall back on.
With a cast that now includes Jim Carrey, how could Kick-Ass: Balls to the Wall not get you excited? It’s one of the most unconventional and oddball superhero movies ever made and I’m pretty sure Jeff Wadlow will do a fine job directing. We already know a lot about the good guys, but what about the villain? All we’ve seen of Mother Russia so far was her side boob from a picture that Wadlow tweeted–until now, that is.
Aside from the big Mother Russia reveal, Kick-Ass Aaron Johnson reveals a couple of tidbits about how his character has changed and grown in the sequel.
Next up is Transformers 4. There’s going to be a lot of changes in the fourth installment to Michael Bay’s highly-successful film franchise, given the fact that Shia LaBeouf aka Sam Witwicky won’t be doing the movie. Add the fact that they’re all going to outer space and you’ll have a Transformers movie that’s unlike any of the previous ones. A new temporary logo for the fourth movie has just been unveiled, along with a couple of minor plot details, by Hasbro’s president and CEO, Brian Goldner.
Lastly, we’ve got the sequels for Ted and The Bourne Legacy. Given the commercial success of both movies, I know a lot of people were already expecting more movies to be made from both franchises and it turns out they were right. Universal Pictures has just confirmed that sequels for both the Ted and Bourne franchises will be made. Soon, we hope.
Check out the gallery for the full scoop on each of these sequels!
The Bourne Legacy finally opens today, reigniting the Bourne franchise into a new direction with Jeremy Renner at the helm, replacing Matt Damon as a spy who has to outrun a lot of people all the time because of something from his past. While the first three films hinged on Jason Bourne’s amnesia, it’s still unclear from trailers if Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross will suffer a similar disability, but if history has taught us anything, it’s to steer clear from forgetting.
Few films like Bourne and Memento were able to take a cliched trop like amnesia and use it to help tell their story. But most movies and TV shows are a lot more lazy and use amnesia because they can’t think of anything else to do in order to move the plot more convincingly. It’s one step away from the ever-dreaded coma-fantasy. How many epic groans have their been across homes in America when a hugely dramatic moment on your favorite TV show is ruined when suddenly the character opens their eyes and says oh-so-melodramatically, ‘I…I can’t remember.’ Blech.
Check out the gallery for our favorite movies and TV shows ruined by amnesia.
The Bourne Legacy is set to hit screens tomorrow across the world and it remains to be seen whether Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross will be a worthwhile replacement for Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne.
Since starring in The Hurt Locker, Renner has become a Hollywood darling which has seen him be part of blockbuster fare like The Avengers and Mission : Impossible – Ghost Protocol. But this is different. This time he’ll be leading his own franchise with producers heaping all of the pressure of its success on his shoulders.
It remains up in the air whether The Bourne Legacy will be popular. It’s been 5 years since The Bourne Ultimatum and the cinematic landscape has changed dramatically in its absence and with most of the key members of the cast and crew of the series moving on, this new instalment has a lot to prove!
So here are 3 reasons why it’ll suck, and 3 why it’ll rule!
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Is The Bourne Legacy a reboot? It certainly feels like one. Jeremy Renner has replaced Matt Damon as the forgetful eponymous character who is looking to uncover the horrendous activity of Treadstone.
But David Strathairn, Albert Finney and Joan Allen are each set to reprise their roles from the earlier instalments of the series to give Renner’s Aaron Cross the momentum of his predecessor.
However an action packed summer of superheros that has included Spiders, Bats and a Hulk means that many people have forgotten about the fourth instalment in the Bourne series.
Will it be able to make an impact? Well, it won’t be as rightly lauded as The Bourne Supremacy or Identity but let’s not hope that fails on the scale as these failed reboots. If it is a reboot. Which it is. I think.
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Ed Norton may have missed out on one of this summer’s biggest franchise films when he bowed out returning as Bruce Banner in The Avengers, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t joined another. As Eric Byer in The Bourne Legacy, Norton has the difficult task of trying to keep tabs on Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross, one of Bourne’s fellow spies, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned from the Bourne movies is that these guys are really good at running away really fast. So good luck, Ed.
In the wake of Jason Bourne’s dismemberment of Operation Blackbriar, the CIA decides to dispose of their other black ops programs, which includes the termination of their field agents. However, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), an agent from Operation Outcome, escapes from being executed and, with the help of an Outcome scientist (Rachel Weisz), sets out to expose the crimes of his superiors.
The Bourne Legacy hits theaters August 10th.
(First, a shoutout, to our very own photo editor, Lexi, who finally got her shot to snap some red carpet photos last night at the N.Y.C. premiere of The Bourne Legacy and got every hot inch of Rachel Weisz in these stunning pictures. Way to go, Lexi.)
I’ve been saying this for years now, but Rachel Weisz simply doesn’t get the attention she deserves for being a classic beauty and a half. Maybe it’s because she’s so low-key as a celebrity, maybe the broodier characters she tends to play in her films, or maybe just because she doesn’t go jogging in a half shirt and stretch pants around Hollywood (oh, that she would do this please), but the brunette sweetheart doesn’t make the rankings of hottest lists and it’s a vast overlook by inexperienced oglers.
But, not today. Enjoy.
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