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'Fast & Furious 6' Helmer Justin Lin Directing 'Bourne 5'

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 8, 2013 4:43 PM
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Well, you gotta at least give credit where credit is due. With both Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon bouncing from the franchise after "The Bourne Ultimatum," Universal went to series guru Tony Gilroy to write and direct "The Bourne Legacy." And the result was a brainier, less frenetic, slightly more thoughtful approach. It didn't quite work. At least not with audiences who turned out to see Jeremy Renner as the newly controlled agent, but not quite in the numbers a franchise four movies in should expect. So now they're calling in the big guns. 

Four-time "Fast & Furious" franchise director/saviour Justin Lin is in early discussion to take the helm of "Bourne 5."And what does really mean? While it's not spelled out, it's clear the studio wants a different approach, and probably one that will have the kind of big set pieces, explosions and spectacle audiences expect in their entertainment. Big and dumb? Okay, maybe not that extreme, but certainly less heady, more visceral. We'll see what screenwriter Anthony Peckham comes up with, but he's the writer behind "Sherlock Holmes," so again, the clues are fairly obvious here.

It's up to Lin at this point, as Variety notes it's his move to make in the negotations, though Deadline posits it's a done deal. Lin has no shortage of projects to choose from —  futuristic thriller “Hibernation,” manga adaptation “Lone Wolf & Club”, and sci-fi comedy “Subdivision,” a special ops thing for Warner Bros. among countless others — so he'll have to decide what to do next, though it seems like he's rolling with Jason Bourne Aaron Cross (yep, Renner will be back) Thoughts? You know where to leave 'em.

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  • Les | May 6, 2014 1:03 PMReply

    How can they keep putting "Bourne" in the title when there's no Bourne in the film? Isn't that false advertising? This is getting ridiculous.

  • Brian B | November 9, 2013 3:37 PMReply

    Bourne Legacy's legacy? A new director. Ha. By the way, they really need to call this one "Bourne Legacy's Legacy".

  • Greenstreet | November 9, 2013 8:26 AMReply

    Brainier? HA HA HA!

    You mean devoid of logic, poorly written, clumsy, emotionally unsatisfying drivel? You're really polishing a turd.

  • cineman | November 9, 2013 5:10 AMReply

    Has the playlist been paid off by Gilroy's PR team to describe the bland, derivative and least intelligent 4th movie as "brainier"?

  • Alan B | November 9, 2013 9:21 AM

    "So yeah, Gilroy vs. Justin Lin (blam, pow, whiz), who do you think they're gonna side with?" Why is this an either/or situation?

  • Dipshit | November 9, 2013 6:35 AM

    Lets say someone was stupid enough to practice what you're suggesting -- only something a grossly stupid internet commenter would. Why would they bother with theplaylist? It's clear what their taste is overall. Thoughtful, smarter films (relatively). So yeah, Gilroy vs. Justin Lin (blam, pow, whiz), who do you think they're gonna side with? And so why would any PR team "pay off" (god, you're f*cking retarded) someone who's basically already sympathetic to that cause? Under your bright idea, wouldn't they pay off first showing or some dumb fanboy blog that probably has a boner over the idea of Lin directing this? THINK before you talk, otherwise it just looks like your mouth is open collecting flies.

  • Washington | November 8, 2013 11:03 PMReply

    Not sure how Legacy has the reputation of being "brainier" and "more thoughtful." It's not just because it's literally about a retarded man striving to overcome his mental limitations with drugs is it?

  • Alan B | November 8, 2013 11:35 PM

    And - hang on - 'Sherlock Holmes' wasn't a great or even a particularly good film but at least it set up the final set piece in a logical fashion that incorporated high stakes and a clear resolution for the characters. The 'Bourne' film has to have one of the most haphazard and silly endings to a blockbuster in a long time: it's literally just Norton saying "hey, we'll just get this other Super Super Super Soldier to kill Renner. No, I don't understand why I didn't just assign him to the task in the first place, either." And there are no emotional stakes for the characters, either: it's just about surviving an attack from the generic super-soldier.

  • Alan B | November 8, 2013 11:30 PM

    Agreed. What part of the film was 'brainy'? Was it the bloated first act that took 40 minutes to set up the story? That's not 'brainy'; it's just clumsy and inelegant. Was it the decision to not feature a confrontation between Renner and his primary nemesis, but Australian actor Shane Jacobson and Generic Super-Super Secret Spy ... that was only introduced 20 minutes before the film ended. So, yeah, keep pretending that the film ('chems, chems, gotta have the chems') is an underappreciated masterpiece.

  • In tremain | November 8, 2013 7:33 PMReply

    I have already given up on it. The only thing that would stir my interest is if Damon came back. Otherwise, the series will just continue to get louder and stupider. Pass.

  • feery | November 8, 2013 5:30 PMReply

    The style of my favorite writer appealed me a lot .I like the way it is written , sweetly presented. Sharing my own views: this will be good.

  • It's Over Now | November 8, 2013 5:18 PMReply

    Well, say goodbye to the working brain in this series.

  • Larry | November 8, 2013 5:04 PMReply

    This is GOOD news!! Renner was the best thing about Legacy. In the hands of a real action director and amazingly talented Peckham, the next phase of the Aaron Cross story will be GREAT!

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