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

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 8, 2013 at 4:56PM

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.
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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.

The studio is still developing the script with Anthony Peckham with producers Frank Marshall and Ben Smith.

Lin is weighing projects, possibly “Runner” at Warner Bros., Imagine's “L.A. Riots" or Universal's recently acquired "Section 6."

According to Variety, Jeremy Renner, who starred in writer-director Tony Gilroy's reboot "Bourne Legacy" ($275 million worldwide), is expected to return to the franchise, which has lost some of its luster since the departure of original Bourne Matt Damon and filmmaker Paul Greengrass. 

This article is related to: Universal, Universal Pictures, Matt Damon, Matt Damon, Jeremy Renner, Bourne, The Bourne Legacy


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.