Posted on Friday, June 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
UPDATE: Producer Frank Marshall has issued a straightforward denial that Matt Damon will be back for Bourne 5. More info below after the original story text.
Universal didn’t offer an official explanation when it announced this week that Bourne 5 had been pushed back a year to 2016. But the rumor mill, as usual, is happy to fill in the blanks.
The latest (unconfirmed) word is that Bourne 5 was delayed to accommodate a busy star. No, not Jeremy Renner. Matt Damon. Hit the jump for more on Damon’s possible return.
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Briefly: The once jam-packed summer of 2015 continues to thin out. In a slow parade, one film after another has bowed out of next year’s summer season. Now another can be added the list. The fifth Bourne film, which is still untitled, has moved from August 14, 2015, to July 15, 2016.
Jeremy Renner is back as Aaron Cross and Justin Lin is directing. Beyond that, we know very little. What we do know is Lin will now have a lot more time to make the movie, which will open against Ice Age 5. Universal will distribute.
We’ve figured for years that Warner Bros. would get around to remaking Lethal Weapon sooner or later. There has been no reported movement on the project, but with the title standing as one of the studio’s more recognizable and salable catalog titles, it has to happen. Now there are rumors of movement, and producers are at least not straying from the idea of an Australian in the lead role. Word is that Chris Hemsworth is being sought to star in the reboot, with Justin Lin as the possible director.
Update: At least half of this rumor is already debunked, as Justin Lin says he’s not doing the movie. More below.
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If Martin Riggs of Lethal Weapon wants to be reborn with the help of Justin Lin, he’ll have to go through Aaron Cross, and perhaps Jason Bourne. Lin has moved on from Universal’s money-printing Fast/Furious machine to direct the next Bourne movie. And now there’s a new writer on board to help move things along. Read More »
Is the old Community mantra, “six seasons and a movie,” actually going to work? the phrase was written into the second season of Community as a joke, but became a rallying cry for fans as the show struggled in ratings through the third season. Then there was the sub-par fourth season (produced without series creator Dan Harmon) and Harmon’s triumphant return with a fifth season that recaptured the show’s vibe, earned strong notes from critics, and held steady with a constant viewership. Now there’s talk of a sixth season, and it seems as if the Community movie isn’t even destined to exist only as a punchline. Read More »
The Fast and the Furious sequels director Justin Lin has a few different plans to potentially follow up his work on the car franchise, and now there’s a new option. Focus Features has picked up the Black List script Times Square to develop as a directing project for the director. Read More »
Briefly: “Described as a four quadrant, live-action family adventure movie in the vein of Jurassic Park and Ghostbusters,” according to The Hollywood Reporter, Justin Lin is now attached to produce Toymageddon for 20th Century Fox. The story, set in a “toy factory run amok” is based on a pitch by Tariq Merhab at the company Anonymous Content. A screenwriter is now being hired and, based on that, Lin could be interested in directing down the road. [THR]
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How great is the story at the heart of the doc The Battered Bastards of Baseball? Only a handful of people have seen the film so far, which documents the history of independent baseball team the Portland Mavericks, which had a Hollywood pedigree and earned a huge fanbase thanks to earnest, accomplished play. The film just premiered at Sundance. There isn’t even a distribution deal set for the doc. Nevertheless, it is already set to be adapted into a dramatic feature, with Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin producing and set to direct.
Update: Actually, Todd Field (In the Bedroom, Little Children) will write and direct, with Lin producing, contrary to the first report about the project. That’s actually a very appropriate call, as we explain below.
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