Universal Orlando Resort Reveals New Jason Bourne Stunt Show

Matt Damon as Jason Bourne in The Bourne Identity

The future of Jason Bourne on the big screen may not clear, but if you need your fix of Jason Bourne in action, you need only make your way to the Universal Orlando Resort next spring, as it has now been confirmed that a rumored stunt show called The Bourne Stuntacular will be making its debut at the theme park next year.

The Bourne Stuntacular is set to be a live action stunt show, but according to Universal Orlando, it will also integrate large LED screens "making it impossible to discern where the live action ends and the cinema begins."

It seems the show will be bigger than the set that's built for it, with part of the show happening live in front of the audience, and more of it taking place on screens, with the two parts blended together in a way that it will all appear live. If you get a new live show and a new Bourne short film out of the same experience, that sounds like a win-win.

We haven't see Matt Damon as Jason Bourne since 2016's Jason Bourne but the Bourne franchise is still going a strong. A new TV series, titled Treadstone will actually debut on the USA Network tonight, this stunt show announcement is certainly not being made in a vacuum, and a new film is on the drawing board, even if we know essentially nothing about it.

If you're going to adapt the Jason Bourne franchise into a theme park attraction, a stunt show is a pretty solid way to do that. You could create some sort of chase sequence roller coaster or trackless ride, but there are so many different types of action associated with Jason Bourne that a stunt show seems like the only way to get it all in.

And stunt shows at Universal theme parks have a strong track record. Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular has been running at Universal Studios Hollywood nearly continuously since 1995. The movie isn't nearly as universally loved as the Jason Bourne franchise, but the show is fun, exciting, and full of cool stunts, and so it has survived.

According to Universal, the new Borne Stuntacular will be located in the area that previously housed Terminator 2: 3-D.

Stunt Shows are a place where Universal can potentially differentiate itself from the competition. While Disney's Hollywood Studio still has an Indiana Jones stunt show, the attraction is a holdover from the days when that theme park was focused on movie making. That's not really what that park is about any more, and so it seems likely the show's days are numbered.

With no specific opening date beyond 'Spring 2020" it will be some time before we get a real chance to see what this new show has in store, but it certainly sounds like something that fans of the movies are going to want to check out. Keep reading CinemaBlend for more information on The Bourne Stuntacular as it is released.

Dirk Libbey
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