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‘Bourne 5’ Delayed A Whole Year To Summer 2016

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by Edward Davis
June 18, 2014 2:27 PM
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We literally were just talking about the fate of this one at the water cooler this morning. For most tentpoles, on average, you don’t want less than a year from shooting to release. Smart studios try to add in a year and a half for safety , some studios like 20th Century Fox tend to rush things (see “X-Men: The Last Stand,” and “X-Men: First Class”) and some studios just wisely push off the date when they’re not ready. Marvel’s “Ant-Man” was recently cutting it close which is why they were in full-speed mode to find a new director to shoot this summer and have the film meet their target release date of summer 2015. Had they not found Peyton Reed as a director, or any replacement, that movie surely would have been pushed to 2016.

So ‘Bourne 5,’ originally scheduled for summer 2015, had no production start date in sight, and I was just thinking we’re going to hear an update sooner rather than later any minute now. And yep, they’re not ready. Universal just announced that the Untitled Next Bourne Chapter aka “Bourne 5” will not be coming out summer 2015. Instead, they’ve moved the date from August 14, 2015, to a more peak July 15, 2016. Why?

Well, it’s clear they weren’t ready or happy with the next film at the screenplay level. How so? Well, they just hired Andrew Baldwin (the man behind the “Logan’s Run” remake that Nicolas Winding Refn almost made) to rewrite the film. Meaning they were probably a little unhappy with the draft that Anthony Peckham (“Sherlock Holmes 2”) wrote. Instead, they’re going to hopefully get it right and have booked in an extra year’s time to do so. Sure, the momentum will be off pace—“The Bourne Legacy” came out in 2012, that’s four years later—but better to have a tentpole that audiences like than one just rushed out the door. Considering audiences were pretty cool on ‘Legacy’ as it was (middling box-office as far as the series goes), it’s probably not a bad move to really nail this one and get the franchise back to flagship status.

Justin Lin (“Fast & Furious” series) will direct the fifth installment, Jeremy Renner returns as Aaron Cross for this chapter and Frank Marshall will once again produce. Speculate in the space below about the studio having an extra year to convince Matt Damon to return (good luck with that).

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13 Comments

  • Ridge | June 18, 2014 8:30 PMReply

    Please never write "Jason Bourne" again unless you also write "with Matt Damon." Never.

  • Mr Beans | June 18, 2014 6:54 PMReply

    Legacy was WEAK. I'll go watch the first three for the hundredth time instead.

  • Toober | June 18, 2014 6:48 PMReply

    Damon is making "The Martian" with Ridley Scott. Nobody can doubt his loyalty to Greengrass but I'll bet he'd make a Bourne movie with Scott. Let's get this done!

  • How about THIS | June 18, 2014 8:21 PM

    Hear me out. They hire Affleck to direct the next Bourne movie, and Damon and Affleck also come on as writers. They're both smart guys and great writers. So Damon's back, Bourne fans get the smart movie they want, not a lobotomized knock off of an inferior franchise. And it's a publicists dream. You're welcome.

  • Paula | June 18, 2014 6:42 PMReply

    Damon was good in 3 good films. Renner was good in a not so good film. Script, direction and editing all need improving, but just bringing Damon back will solve nothing. Lin is Universal's golden boy, so as long as he stays in place then everything is fine and the delay is probably just logistical.

  • Big girl pants | June 22, 2014 11:48 PM

    Spending years struggling to get work is par for the course for actors. I think Renner's a fine actor and a good second banana. But it's obvious when you look at Legacy that he's in over his head as a leading man. And I lose respect for him when he makes movies that are obviously done for the money.

  • PAULA | June 22, 2014 6:18 AM

    I'd just like to point out that for years Damon has earned top dollar and had his pick of projects, whilst Renner has struggled to get work at all. Despite that they have one best actor and one supporting actor nomination a piece and identical personal metacritic scores. Renner is also starting to flex his muscles as a producer and is going out of his way to form strong working relationships with top talent. Considering how far he has come in four years I think only a fool would dismiss him, particularly when you look at the high profile projects he is already involved with over the next year or so.

  • Big girl pants | June 18, 2014 10:11 PM

    Bringing Damon back does, in fact, solve a great deal. 1) it tells fans the studio genuinely wants to make a quality film, because of the hard cold fact that 2) Damon will not come back until his criteria is met. That criteria being his belief that given the creative team, the director, the story idea, and the script, he has a realistic chance of making a movie that is just as good or better than the rest of the trilogy. I view the Greengrass demand as window dressing that will fall away if his REAL criteria are met. Maybe this delay is to line up a classier director that might woo Damon back.

  • Big girl pants | June 18, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    No Damon, no interest. The appeal of the character was not only rooted in the script, it was also rooted in the intellect and integrity of his performance.

  • kont | June 18, 2014 4:17 PMReply

    should be delayed forever

  • James | June 18, 2014 5:30 PM

    +1

  • James M. | June 18, 2014 3:40 PMReply

    The Matt Damon rhetoric is growing old. He was a fine Jason Bourne, but he did nothing special to convince me that another character (such as Aaron Cross) couldn't be just as compelling. And Jeremy Renner was, frankly, terrific in the new role.

  • marshal | June 18, 2014 2:58 PMReply

    ah, crap!

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