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You know how we’ve all been clamoring for a Showgirls sequel? Well, too bad, because we’re getting one anyway. Kind of. Also after the jump:

  • Watch a clip from the direct-to-DVD sequel Curse of Chucky
  • Paul Greengrass confirms that he has not signed on for more Bourne
  • Lady Gaga will drop by Robert Rodriguez‘s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • Pretty girls and scary weapons abound in new Machete Kills pics
  • See two new stills from the Rurouni Kenshin sequels landing next summer
  • Kelsey Grammer chats Transformers 4, and a new set video surfaces

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The first three Bourne films, starring Matt Damon, were the first stage of what Universal would like to be an ongoing and continually lucrative series. The fourth film, written and directed by Tony Gilroy and starring Jeremy Renner as another chemically engineered super-spy (chems? Chems. CHEMS!) moved the story forward a bit, but wasn’t a runaway hit.

Universal has been developing a fifth film, and for a few years there have been hints that Matt Damon might be recruited to co-star in a “crossover” film that would put him in the same film with Renner’s character. That eventuality may be closer than we thought, as Damon is now rumored to be in early talks to return to the fold.

Update: Universal has denied the report. Variety has the denial.

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Briefly: Jeremy Renner‘s first turn as the lead of a Bourne film wasn’t quite as well-received as the first three films with Matt Damon, but that hasn’t stalled the series. Universal is now moving on a fifth film in the franchise to follow the 2012 release The Bourne Legacy, with Renner again in the lead.

Deadline reports that Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) has been hired to script a story that will feature Renner’s Aaron Cross as the lead. There’s no real hint as to the storyline, and at this point it still seems unlikely that Matt Damon will reprise the role of Jason Bourne in any significant capacity. Also uncertain at this point is the choice to direct; while Tony Gilroy scripted earlier Bourne chapters and directed Renner in The Bourne Legacy, he’s not locked to return.

Matt Damon and George Clooney have a great history together on screen thanks to Syriana and the Oceans films, and now they’re set to make history together. Or re-make history, as it were. Damon is in talks to join the cast of Clooney’s Monuments Men, the film that will chronicle “a crew of art historians and museum curators who unite to recover renown works of art that were stolen by Nazis before they are destroyed.”

Clooney wrote with producing partner Grant Heslov, and will star. The rest of the cast is pretty phenomenal, too, with Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin (The Artist), John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, and Bob Balaban set to appear. Almost could be a WWII-era Oceans film; just add Brad Pitt. Deadline also says that the film will basically import all of Ben Affleck’s crew from Argo, which Clooney and Heslov also produced. It all sounds top-notch, frankly.

After the break, Damon talks about the effect The Bourne Legacy might have on his return to the Bourne series. Read More »

Seth MacFarlane‘s directorial debut Ted did really well this summer — well enough that sequel talk began almost immediately. And now NBCUniversal’s CEO is saying that the studio wants to make more out of Ted “as soon as we can,” along with more franchise entries from the Bourne series, Despicable Me, and Fast and Furious. Read More »

Something about this pre-holiday week has set sequel news on fire, and there are news bites about sequels of just about every possible variation. In this edition of sequel bits:

  • Oops, CBS reported a Big Lebowski sequel that does not, and will not exist
  • The Expendables 2 gets a tie-in video game
  • Think Like a Man gets a follow-up movie
  • The Bourne Legacy producer hopes the next installment might bring together Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner
  • Todd Phillips says the third Hangover is really the last
  • Peter Berg doesn’t rule out the possibility of Hancock 2 just yet.

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Bad blood never lasts, especially when money and creative control are applied to cleanse a wound.

At one point there seemed to be some pretty serious unhappiness between Tony Gilroy and various other parties involved in the Bourne films. While doing press for Michael Clayton, Tony Gilroy hadn’t seen the just-released The Bourne Ultimatum, and his displeasure at the trajectory of the series wasn’t veiled at all. He called that third film a paycheck gig, aka the job that allowed him to do Michael Clayton, and never hid his resentment at the way his script for the second film was treated by director Paul Greengrass.

But Gilroy has written a script for a fourth Bourne film, currently called The Bourne Legacy, and is now in talks to direct. Will Matt Damon return? (Don’t bet on it.) Read More »

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The saga of the Bourne films continues. Slightly, anyway. We’d heard not too long ago that Paul Greengrass, who directed the last two films in the series, was off the fourth film. Matt Damon walked along with him, having once said that he’d only do a fourth film with the director.

The pair has the film Green Zone coming out soon, and while doing promotion for that movie they’ve talked about Bourne. The bottom line now is: both are walking away (still) and endorsing the idea of other people taking over the series. Read More »

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