Doug Liman changed the game with The Bourne Identity. The director’s grounded vision for what many eventually came to see as “America’s James Bond” influenced action movies for years, and arguably still continues to do so. When James Bond was rebooted with Casino Royale and beyond, audiences and critics spotted an unmistakable Bourne influence. More inner conflict, more brutal hand-to-hand combat, and the gadgets and toys flew out the window. 007 became a spy in the modern world, similar to the tone Liman struck with his Robert Ludlum adaptation.
To this day, Liman doesn’t know how to feel about it.
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The Bourne Stuntactular might sound like some kind of Harry Potter spell, but it’s actually a new stunt show that will be coming to Universal Studios Florida starting in the spring of 2020.
Inspired by the Bourne action film franchise starring Matt Damon (and kinda Jeremy Renner), The Bourne Stuntacular will focus on Jason Bourne as he tries to outrun the deadly individuals who always seem to be knocking on his door. Read More »
Universal Orlando’s Terminator 2 3D attraction closed back in 2017 “to make way for an all-new live action experience based on a high-energy Universal franchise.” Rumors swirled for months that it might be replaced by a Jason Bourne stunt show, and now those rumors have a bit of new life thanks to Jim Hill, a prominent theme park blogger who recently revealed a bit more information about Universal’s one-time plan for the new stunt show.
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No matter how many times you stab it, punch it, or drown it, the Jason Bourne franchise will stay alive. USA Network has put in a series order for the drama Treadstone, a spin-off series following the fictional CIA black ops program that created Matt Damon‘s titular super spy. Read More »
The Bourne film series may have come to outstay its welcome today, but 15 years ago, The Bourne Identity was a plucky spy thriller starring a rising dramatic actor making his first venture into the action genre.
Without high expectations for the film, director Doug Liman and star Matt Damon debated giving The Bourne Identity a dramatic twist — by killing off its title character at the end of the film. Clearly, that did not happen, and Jason Bourne went on to become the quintessential cinematic spy of the 21st century.
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Matt Damon isn’t off to a strong start this year with The Great Wall pulling in just over $42 million at the domestic box office so far. At the same time, the movie has been doing huge business internationally, with nearly $279 million from other territories around the world. But if you think that the lack of box office love in the United States will have Matt Damon going back to the well for more Jason Bourne, think again.
Matt Damon is still making publicity rounds for The Great Wall, and in a recent interview, discussion turned to the future of the Jason Bourne franchise, or rather lack thereof. It doesn’t sound like Bourne 5 will come together unless some kind of mind-blowing story comes along. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
It took a while to get Matt Damon back into the Bourne franchise. But the wait paid off handsomely at the box office, as Jason Bourne took in $415 million worldwide. So the question now, of course, is what’s next for the series. Will Damon return again? Will he bring Jason Bourne director Paul Greengrass back with him? And what of Jeremy Renner‘s Aaron Cross — might Bourne Legacy finally get a sequel?
Producer Frank Marshall addressed these questions and more in a recent interview. Find out what he had to say below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 18th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Matt Damon isn’t even thinking about a new Jason Bourne movie right now.
- A Spartacus veteran joins the cast of Pacific Rim: Maelstrom.
- Isabela Moner describes her crazy first day on Transformers: The Last Knight.
- Don’t get your hopes up for The Goonies 2.
- Chris Tucker says they may get around to making Rush Hour 4 some day.
- Does a new clothing line tease Space Jam 2 details?
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Posted on Friday, August 26th, 2016 by Angie Han
As the international box office and especially the Chinese box office becomes ever more important to Hollywood’s bottom line, studios and filmmakers have been bending over backward to find ways to pump more money out of overseas audiences. That could mean moving a shoot’s location or teaming with homegrown talents or companies; other times it might take the form of region-specific Easter eggs or additional scenes. And sometimes it’s a matter of charging more for admission by cranking out a 3D conversion.
But that latter strategy can backfire, as Universal Pictures has now learned. Earlier this week the studio released Jason Bourne in 3D in China, and while initial figures were good, audiences are apparently none too pleased with the film. If you guessed that it’s because 3D and shakycam make for a literally nauseating combination, congratulations, you’re already one step ahead of the studio. Read More »
David, Devindra, Jeff and Angie Han discuss the new Bourne film and do an in-depth spoiler-filled review of Stranger Things. Be sure to read up on the answer to all your Stranger Things questions and Sean Burns’ review of Jason Bourne.
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