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Universal May Give 'Fast & Furious' Director Lin Another Franchise: 'Bourne'

Universal may hang on to their star director Justin Lin, who has delivered and then some with the multi-ethnic 'Fast & Furious' series (5 & 6 delivered $628 and 788 million worldwide respectively). They discussing giving him their franchise plum: the next 'Bourne' installment.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 8, 2013 4:56 PM
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Review: Gilroy's 'The Bourne Legacy' Delivers, Thanks to Renner

I was looking forward to "The Bourne Legacy" more than most studio sequels that have lost their signature director and star. That's because Universal turned to writer-director Tony Gilroy to reinvent the "Bourne" franchise without Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon, who became a movie star playing the title character originated by Robert Ludlum.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2012 1:40 PM
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'Bourne Legacy' Featurette Helps Legitimize Franchise Continuation without Damon; Gilroy Talks

A featurette has landed to essentially help explain how "The Bourne Legacy" can exist sans Matt Damon. In the nearly 3-minute video (below) writer-director Tony Gilroy explains that with "Legacy," they "wanted to create a larger conspiracy. The Treadstone program you saw [in the first three films], was only one program."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 27, 2012 7:35 AM
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Trailer Watch: 'Bourne Legacy' Plot Thickens with Renner as Aaron Cross

You hear Jason Bourne's name a lot in the new trailer for "The Bourne Legacy," but make no mistake, "Bourne" was just the beginning and Aaron Cross -- our man Jeremy Renner -- is also an emotionally unavailable badass assassin.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 31, 2012 2:29 PM
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Now and Then: 'Haywire,' 'Bourne' Trilogy Prove That Style Is Substance

Steven Soderbergh is a tough guy to peg. He made his name with a densely talkative indie about orgasms ("sex, lies, and videotape"), and in 22 films since has tackled everything from classy capers ("Out of Sight, the "Ocean's" trilogy) to the biopic of an iconic revolutionary ("Che"). But one thing is clear: the man's got style.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • May 7, 2012 6:06 AM
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Long-Running Ron Meyer Wins Universal Game of Survivor; More Changes in Store?

As I predicted, Ron Meyer has won the NBC Universal game of survival. The wily ex-CAA partner has successfully run Universal Pictures as president and COO through three owners over 16 years. While former NBC Universal president and CEO Jeff Zucker is gone, Meyer remains. Hollywood's longest-running studio chief has signed a new contract to continue as President and Chief Operating Officer, Universal Studios. He will remain with the company at least through through 2015 and he will continue to report to Comcast CEO Steve Burke. He joined Universal in August 1995.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 27, 2011 9:00 AM
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Jeremy Renner Offered Lead in Tony Gilroy's Bourne Continuation: Not as Bourne, Folks

It's confirmed, but no surprise. Writer-director Tony Gilroy has offered Jeremy Renner the lead in his Bourne franchise continuation. But he'd be playing a different assassin, who went through the same training program as Matt Damon's Bourne. (Which leaves open the possibility of Damon's eventual return.)
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 22, 2011 4:20 AM
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Casting Watch: Hemsworth & Hutcherson Cast In Hunger Games, Renner vs. Evans for Bourne

- UPDATE: The Hunger Games's Jennifer Lawrence now has two male co-stars: Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson have just been cast as characters Gale Hawthorne and Peeta Mellark, respectively. The former is Katniss Everdeen's (Lawrence) hunting partner and the latter is her competitor in the fight-to-the-death televised competition. Hemsworth and Hutcherson were included in THR's March 25 short list of actors being considered. Hutcherson was also on Moviefone's March 8 list of Five Actors Better Than Alex Pettyfer for the Lionsgate franchise. The film adaptation of Suzanne Collins's novels is slated to start shooting with director Gary Ross in late May. Whoever lands these coveted roles will play second fiddle to Lawrence; here are more details on her character.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 4, 2011 5:27 AM
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Paul Greengrass Talks Bourne, Green Zone, Short Movie Day 8

Brit actor David Morrissey interviews director Paul Greengrass (Bourne films and Green Zone) in this short movie for Dunhill’s Day 8:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 16, 2010 5:18 AM
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Weekly Wrap: Award Watch, Production News, Talking to Boyle and League

OSCARS & AWARDS: While Black Swan promotional endeavors impress, the Godard anti-Semitism issue clouds his Honorary Oscar. And as The Hollywood Reporter's new glossy weekly hits the stands with its Actress Roundtable (considered in this week's Oscar Talk), Variety shuffles its editorial deck. Awards are being given to Biutiful star Javier Bardem, The Kids Are All Right's Annette Bening, Cinema Eye helps to anoint award-season documentary frontrunners and Peter Weir's The Way Back kicks off the Museum of Tolerance Film Festival. The King's Speech, with a Gala screening Friday night as part of AFI Fest 2010, leads the Gurus 'o Gold poll along with star Colin Firth and Bening.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 6, 2010 3:57 AM
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