Briefly: This is news mostly because studios rarely release an R-rated version of a fantasy action movie aimed at teen demographics, but Paramount has reportedly decided to release Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters without the safe shelter of a PG-13. The film is from Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow), and stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as adult versions of the title characters, who have dedicated their lives to killing witches such as the one that tried to kill them as kids.
A recent report suggested that Paramount was testing PG-13 and R-rated cuts of the film, but Collider reports that “trusted sources” say the film is an R, period. Granted, it is still called Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, so that remains a hurdle to leap.
The film was pushed back to January 13, 2013 a while back, perhaps so that by the time it opens audiences will have had the chance to see and get to like Renner in Mission: Impossible, The Avengers, and The Bourne Legacy. Whether that will matter or not remains to be seen; we haven’t seen any significant footage from this one yet, so it’s difficult to know what to expect.
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Even with a two hour-plus run time, The Bourne Legacy feels short. Tony Gilroy, who wrote the first Bourne three films, directed this extension of the franchise which gives an intricate, chemical context to everything you loved about the first three. However, in its run time, the percentage of actual action is pretty small. When it hits, the action is big, exciting and almost always innovative. But the fights, gun battles and car chases are few and far between.
Gilroy co-wrote with his brother, Dan Gilroy, and they’ve packed the movie with loads of expository information and characters that’ll do wonders to kick start a franchise, even if it won’t do wonders for an impatient audience. This is way more in line with Gilroy’s previous directorial efforts, Michael Clayton and Duplicity, than the Bourne films, and your opinion on those will likely impact your enjoyment of The Bourne Legacy.
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Was Jeremy Renner dissatisfied with his role in The Avengers? Who was President Obama‘s favorite actor in The Dark Knight Rises? Has Call Me Maybe made the switch to the superhero genre? Which stunt, captured on the set of The Dark Knight Rises, didn’t make it into the final film? When might The Avengers 2 be released? Where is Iron Man 3 shooting this weekend? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Story-wise, it would’ve made perfect sense to end the Bourne series after Jason Bourne’s arc came to a graceful end in 2007′s The Bourne Ultimatum. Money-wise, however, it’s another story. While all three films have done well at the box office, the Ultimatum blew the other two out of the water with a $442 million worldwide gross. There was simply no way Universal was going to let a franchise that lucrative lay fallow.
No matter, even, that star Matt Damon walked away in 2009. The studio just figured out that they could shift focus to a different character in the same universe, and Jeremy Renner was brought in to play the Bourne-esque non-Bourne figure Aaron Cross. We’ll find out next weekend how he does as the new face of the franchise, but in the meantime Funny or Die has something to say about the studio’s decision.
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Though last week’s release of The Dark Knight Rises makes the summer season feel all but over, there are still a few notable pieces of popcorn entertainment on the way. One of the most intriguing of those is The Bourne Legacy, which Tony Gilroy co-wrote and directed as a parallel spin-off from the existing Bourne trilogy that starred Matt Damon.
Jeremy Renner plays a new agent who acts as the focus for the new storyline, and a new featurette goes behind the scenes of the new film to make clear the links between the old Bourne and this story. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 by Angie Han
As of last year, there were some half-dozen Julian Assange / WikiLeaks movies brewing, but probably because the real-life drama is still unfolding, progress has been rather slow-moving on most of them. At least one studio’s not planning on waiting around forever, though. A new report indicates that Jeremy Renner is currently circling the lead role in DreamWorks’ version of the Assange story, while Bill Condon is said to be eyeing the director’s chair. Read more after the jump.
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Some sequels are happening, others might not, and there’s even one you can potentially be a part of in this edition of Sequel Bits. After the jump read about the following.
- Producer Frank Marshall thinks Jurassic Park IV will be in theaters by 2014.
- A fifth Bourne film would definitely follow Jeremy Renner‘s character.
- Join the cast of The Expendables 2 with a new iPhone app.
- Ben Stiller seems pessimistic about Zoolander 2.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
Turns out David O. Russell‘s going to have himself a The Fighter reunion on the set of his upcoming crime drama after all — it just won’t be with Christian Bale. Though we learned yesterday that Bale had dropped out of the project formerly titled American Bullshit, to be replaced by Jeremy Renner, today comes news that Bale and Russell’s Fighter colleague Amy Adams has signed on for the film. She joins Renner and Bradley Cooper in the film, which is based on the real-life FBI “Abscam” sting of the ’70s and ’80s. Read more after the jump.
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