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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That’s a new banner for The Expendables 2, above, and it does just about as good a job as it could possibly do informing audiences of who is in the film. Click for a larger version, and break out the measurement tools to check out the photoshop work that seems to have re-sized a few of the heads. I wonder if those with a proper head-to-body proportion got paid more? Probably. That could be a good new metric for evaluating movie posters.
In addition to that, after the break you’ll find:
- Trivia about Donnie Yen passing on The Expendables 2
- Jack O’Connell joins the 300 prequel/sequel
- Alex Garland considers two sequels to Dredd
- A few basic set photos have hit from Mad Max: Fury Road
- and we’ve got three new TV spots and a poster for The Bourne Legacy.
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Universal has just moved the release of The Bourne Legacy back one week from August 3 to August 10. The official reason? They’re scared of The Dark Knight Rises. Seriously. Read the statement below. Read More »
Universal is planning a nice transition from the summer to fall movie seasons with the August release of The Bourne Legacy. The film is from writer/director Tony Gilroy (who co-wrote with Dan Gilroy) and outlines a new branch of the spy storyline created in the three Bourne movies starring Matt Damon.
This time, Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Avengers, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) is the memory-challenged super-spy who is embroiled in a violent plot. Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach, and Oscar Isaac are also new additions to the Bourne series, and a new trailer shows off some of their work. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Yep, Scary Movie 5 is happening, but will its stars return? Anna Faris isn’t sure. Also after the jump:
- Sony unveils two more clips from Men in Black 3
- Tony Gilroy talks balancing old and new in The Bourne Legacy
- Check out some concept art for TRON: Uprising
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Thursday afternoon at CinemaCon, Universal Pictures presented footage, clips and trailers from their upcoming 2012 line-up and beyond. Included in the presentation were clips from Snow White and the Huntsman, Oliver Stone‘s Savages, Seth MacFarlane‘s TED, The Bourne Legacy, Les Miserables, Judd Apatow‘s This Is 40, Carl Erik Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin, Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion, and R.I.P.D.. Per usual, I recorded a video blog after the presentation with Alex from FirstShowing and Frosty from Collider. We give our reactions to the footage without spoilers or in depth descriptions. Watch the video blog now embedded after the jump.
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Here’s the Japanese teaser trailer for The Bourne Legacy, in which previous Bourne series writer Tony Gilroy directs Jeremy Renner in a film that expands the fictional world of the Bourne films. Renner isn’t the successor to Matt Damon exactly; rather, he’s a parallel character in the same world. Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz are featured in addition to Renner.
While there isn’t too much new footage here, there is just enough to be worth a look, especially as we were pretty impressed with the US teaser. Read More »
Part sequel, part spin-off, but all action-packed spy thriller, The Bourne Legacy is the rare live action summer blockbuster without aliens or superheros. It stars Jeremy Renner as an agent who, much like Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne of the first three films, is a highly trained killing machine, triggered into action in a story related to the events of those first three movies. Tony Gilroy, the screenwriter of the earlier Bourne films, who also happens to be an Oscar-nominated director, is at the helm with a supporting cast including new additions Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz as well as series regulars Albert Finney, Joan Allen and Scott Glenn.
New photos from the film have come online revealing our first look at Norton’s villain in the film and Gilroy confirmed that the shakey-cam action style pioneers in the first movies won’t be present here. There’s that and much more after the break. Read More »
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Tony Gilroy, the writer who provided the script backbone for the three Matt Damon Bourne movies, has started a parallel Bourne series, which kicks off with the film The Bourne Legacy. This picture features Jeremy Renner as a Jason Bourne-like agent. A teaser trailer has just been released for the fim that will give you the first look at Renner in secret agent mode, as well as at Ed Norton and Rachel Weisz, and the returning Albert Finney and Joan Allen.
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This week, Dave Chen, Devindra, and Adam chat about the virtues of Downton Abbey, debate the merits of Another Earth, and discuss their most anticipated films of 2012. Special guest Alison Willmore joins us from Movieline.
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