BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
While previous summers featured weekends of blockbuster after blockbuster sitting on top of one another fighting for the number one spot at the box office, this summer has been quite different. With the exception of one or two titles, including Marvel's The Avengers, the hotter months of 2012 have largely been disappointing thus far and we often find ourselves waiting multiple weeks in between the major releases.
Just a few minutes ago I walked out of my final studio presentation at CinemaCon, and while I got to see some new stuff from exciting upcoming titles like\Ted, This is 40, Savages and Les Miserables (more on those later), the material on display for The Bourne Legacy was easily the most thought-provoking and extensive.
There's a lot riding on The Bourne Legacy. The franchise turned Matt Damon into a certified action star and gave us a modern spy hero before Bond got his Casino Royale makeover. Given how fast Jeremy Renner's star is rising, he'll probably be a great pick to take over the Bourne-less Bourne films. All in all, Jason Bourne's legacy looks to be in good hands.
Ever since it was announced that Matt Damon would not be returning for The Bourne Legacy, Universal Pictures has done its best to stress the fact that the lead character in the new film is NOT Jason Bourne. Instead, it will be a whole new character that is experiencing adventures in the same world as Bourne. The film is set to come out later this year with the always-awesome Jeremy Renner in the lead role and an amazing supporting cast
We’ve known for quite some time that a fourth Bourne movie is happening, and that Matt Damon isn’t in it. Instead, actor Jeremy Renner (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) will be taking over the franchise in The Bourne Ultimatum as a new protagonist, with series screenwriter Tony Gilroy now also directing. Up until now, however, it has sounded like these changes were all cordial and mutual. Based on some comments Matt Damon made, however, that may not entirely be the case.
The Bourne torch may have been passing to Jeremy Renner with next year's The Bourne Legacy, but that doesn't mean that Matt Damon is abandoning the possibility of eventually returning to the role that made him an action star. Now Damon has tossed more fuel on the fire for fans who would like to see him back in the role of amnesiac badass Jason Bourne.
Stacy Keach has had quite the strange career. While he's a talented character actor who has had some notable roles, he rarely stars in movies that get a lot of attention and doesn't have the greatest string of luck when it comes to TV shows (both Titus and Lights Out were cancelled before they were ready to end). His next project, on the other hand, should get quite a few eyeballs.
There are still many people out there who absolutely refuse to see a Jason Bourne movie without Matt Damon, but the more news we hear about the spin-off, the better it looks. In addition to having Tony Gilroy writing and directing (he wrote the first three Bourne movies as well), Jeremy Renner is attached to star and Rachel Weisz, Oscar Issac and Edward Norton are signed on as the female lead, fellow assassin and villain, respectively.
Though I still find myself questioning the value of a Bourne film without Jason Bourne, it seems that they are trying to make you forget that by loading the new film with recognizable names and faces. Should the deal be closed, the movie will be Norton's first mainstream studio movie since 2008's The Incredible Hulk. The project currently has a release date of August 3, 2012.
I understand why studios meddle in the productions of their blockbusters. After all, they are fronting hundreds of millions of dollars to get the movies made and it makes sense that they would want some assurance that they will be making a profit. What sucks is that studio interference can really get in the way of a director's vision.
A few months ago it was revealed that Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol will be the last time Tom Cruise appears as Ethan Hunt and that the franchise will be passed on to Jeremy Renner, one of the fastest rising actors in Hollywood, who is also starring in the new film. If that is indeed the case, it would seem that Renner is going to be taking over two spy franchises.
Universal has Joel Edgerton as one of their stars in their forthcoming prequel to/remake of The Thing, coming this fall, but apparently they like him even more than that-- so much that they want him in not one but two of their upcoming tentpole films
A few weeks back it was reported that basically every young, white male actor in Hollywood with a recognizable name was being considered for the lead in The Bourne Legacy, Tony Gilroy's continuation of the franchise after the departure of Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass. All in all, a total of 15 names were shortlisted for the lead
The shortlist of actors that could take over for Matt Damon in the Jason Bourne franchise is turning out to be anything but short. As it has been reported over the last few days, Jake Gyllenhaal, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, Kellan Lutz, Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, Benjamin Walker and Shia LaBeouf are all being considered for the lead role in Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Legacy.
Tony Gilroy, who wrote the first three Bourne films and will take over as director for the fourth one, has been meeting with actors recently, and probably in something of a hurry-- Universal is aiming for an August 2012 release. It's worth noting that the film won't be replacing Matt Damon as Bourne