This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam discuss the death of a cinema icon, the amount of dancing present in Black Swan, and the dangerous intersections of art and commerce. Special guest Stephen Tobolowsky joins us. Check out Stephen’s new short story in ebook form!

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The last time we checked in on casting for The Bourne Legacy, it seemed that basically every male actor under a certain age was being considered for the lead. Now it looks like casting is narrowing down a bit as the film moves forward. We can’t say for sure which names have been eliminated, but we do know which actors are scheduled for screen tests at the moment: Joel Edgerton, Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans and Garrett Hedlund (who, along with Alex Pettyfer, seems to be up for every major role in Hollywood these days). A few other names are still in the running as well. Read more after the jump.

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Oscar-nominated writer/director Tony Gilroy is looking for an assassin to replace Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne in The Bourne Legacy, the fourth Bourne film, scheduled for release August 3, 2012. According to Variety, his list includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch and Kellan Lutz. Deadline is reporting a much longer list though, which includes those names as well as Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, and Benjamin Walker, though several might have scheduling conflicts. Read more about how Gilroy will come to a decision, and the film itself, after the jump. Read More »

This week Universal Pictures got the urge to fill out the company’s calendar for the next couple of years. Yesterday we heard that the studio has dated Judd Apatow’s as-yet-untitled new film for summer 2012. Now there is a flood of new release dates for the studio, for a diverse array of films. Hit the jump for release info for Safe House, The Dark Tower and more. Read More »


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Time for an incremental update on The Bourne Legacy, aka the fourth film in the Bourne series. Co-written by Tony and Dan Gilroy and directed by Tony Gilroy, the film will take place in the same murkily bureaucratic world of espionage as the other films in the series (which Tony Gilroy also wrote) but feature a new protagonist.

We’ve known that Matt Damon likely wouldn’t return in any capacity to play Jason Bourne in this chapter, and in a new chat Mr. Gilroy offers up a few more details about what we can expect to see in a Bourne film without the star that powered three previous pictures. Read More »


letmein_poster2This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley discuss whether they’re going to see Star Wars in 3D, try and figure out if Zack Snyder would make a good Superman director, praise the claustrophobic pleasures of Buried, and ponder a Bourne franchise with no Jason Bourne. Special guest director Vincenzo Natali joins us for this episode. Vincenzo’s newest film, Splice, is out now on DVD and Blu-Ray.

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When we heard that Tony Gilroy would be writing and directing the fourth Bourne film, called The Bourne Legacy, a lot of quesitons came to mind. Chief among them was whether Matt Damon might return as titular hero Jason Bourne.

Now Mr. Gilroy has cleared up some of the lingering questions, and put right a few details he didn’t think were properly reported in the first place. One big point is that there will be no Jason Bourne, and consequently no Matt Damon in the new film. Read More »


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 »

Tony Gilroy Returns to Write Bourne 4


After The Bourne Ultimatum was released in 2007, Fox quickly announced development on a fourth Bourne movie. First we heard, producer Frank Marshall was hoping to begin shooting next Summer for a 2010 release. Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon had  signed on, and George Nolfi (co-writer on Bourne Ultimatum, but he also wrote Ocean’s Twelve) was hired to write the script.

Rumor had it that the next film in the series would not even be loosely based on one of the novels, but would instead be an entirely new adventure (with a possible South American destination). From what I understand, the sequels to the original Robert Ludlum novels left much to be desired (not that they stuck close to the storyline of the books anyways).

In August, Matt Damon said that they don’t yet “have a story and we don’t have a script” and Universal moved on and hired another screenwriter Josh Zetumer to write what is being described as “a parallel script” after Nolfi was forced to depart from the project to ready The Adjustment Bureau. Gressgrass has recently publicly departed from the project, and Damon has always insisted that he “wouldn’t do it without [Paul Greengrass] .” Damon has since said that a fourth film will “probably be a prequel of some kind with another actor and another director.”

So what is happening with the fourth film in the Bourne series? We have a major update…

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Matt Damon to be Bourne Again?

Bourne Again

A couple months back, Matt Damon was going around telling people, press, and anyone who would listen, that he would not be returning for a fourth Jason Bourne movie.

“We have ridden that horse as far as we can.” He admitted to feeling like “a bit of a prostitute for putting out two number threes in one year.”

Well something has apparently changed his mind, and Damon now seems to be considering the possibility of a fourth film.

“Personally, the character means a lot to me because the character has done so much for my career. You know, it put me in the position where I have a lot more choices of kind of movies I want to make,” Damon told the Agence France Presse in Tokyo. “If Paul Greengrass, maybe years down the road, was interested in doing another one, then I would do it, too,” he said. “I don’t think either of us completely put the character to bed yet.”

The Bourne trilogy has made over $900 million worldwide at the box office (the last film, Ultimatum, responsible for $404 million of that total). So it’s likely that the money is doing a little bit of the talking. The movies are based on novels by Robert Ludlum, who passed away in 2001. Eric Van Lustbader has since written two sequels to Ludlum’s Bourne series: The Bourne Legacy in 2004, and The Bourne Betrayal in 2007), both of which have received lukewarm reviews by readers. Hollywood might be better off creating their own story to continue the franchise.