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Though WhatCulture.com occasionally posts news stories for some of the bigger announcements, we often miss reporting on stories that fall under the radar or aren’t substantial enough (yet) to write whole articles about. So, we’re introducing a new weekly article devoted to the biggest movie and television news of the week, all in one handy article.
This week turned out to be full of exciting stories involving casting announcements (Wonder Woman and Warcraft among them), release dates for Bourne 5 and a Dredd sequel, and new shows in development at NBC and FX. We also heard from geek favorite director Jj Abrams about the secrecy surrounding Star Trek Into Darkness, had a surprising announcement from Bryan Singer, and were shocked and saddened by the death of Paul Walker.
So, without further ado, let’s jump right into the biggest movie and TV news stories of the week…
10. Bourne »
- James Garcia
It’s always exciting news when Syfy picks up a brand new scripted series, and we have high hopes for Dominion, based on characters from the 2010 movie Legion, as Syfy today announced its series order. We have equally high hopes that Syfy is making room for the new series on a new night – like maybe Thursdays? – and isn’t making room by finishing off one of our favorite no-longer-new series. Please.
Syfy Greenlights Dominion To Series For 2014 Supernatural Action Drama Produced by Universal Cable Productions Series Stars Christopher Egan, Tom Wisdom, Roxanne McKee, Alan Dale, Anthony Stewart Head and Luke Allen-Gale
New York – December 4, 2013 – The ultimate celestial battle between good and evil will descend to Earth in 2014 as Syfy officially greenlights the scripted drama Dominion (working title) to series, it was announced today by Syfy President, Dave Howe. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and Bold Films, and filmed in Cape Town, »
- Erin Willard
Jeremy Renner will return to the Bourne series as Aaron Cross in 2015, with Universal confirming an official release date for the follow-up to The Bourne Legacy. The studio has now confirmed that the film will open in the Us on 14 August 2015, throwing it into the maelstrom of what promises to be the most competitive blockbuster summer of all time. That said, its only direct competition opening on that date at present is The Smurfs 3, so the situation could probably be worse… With Tony Gilroy no longer involved, the new film...
- George Wales
You can add another Bourne film to the massive list of high-profile movies set for release in 2015. Universal Pictures announced today that the untitled follow-up to The Bourne Legacy will be released on August 14, 2015, where it will open opposite The Smurfs 3. As previously reported, Fast Five helmer Justin Lin will be directing the new installment with Jeremy Renner reprising his lead role from Legacy. Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) is penning the screenplay, making this the first Bourne film not written by Tony Gilroy. Additionally, Universal has dated director Luc Besson’s new action thriller Lucy for August 8, 2014, directly opposite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and one week after Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Scarlett Johansson stars as a reluctant drug mule who is transformed into an incredible fighter capable of clairvoyance, telekinesis, and an ability to disregard pain and emotion when one of the designer drugs enters her system. Unfortunately, »
- Adam Chitwood
Well, if there was any doubt about negotiations or deal points, squash them now: “Fast & Furious 6” helmer Justin Lin is 100% confirmed to direct the fifth and currently untitled installment in the ‘Bourne’ franchise. Moreover, “Bourne 5” now joins the crowded summer 2015 field according to Universal who has now dated the picture for a Friday, August 14, 2015 release. Jeremy Renner will return as the lead but don’t look for Matt Damon or series architect/screenwriter Tony Gilroy as both of them have moved on. The movie will square off against "The Smurfs 3," which is going for a different audience anyway. Universal has also dated Luc Besson’s next film. Titled “Lucy” and starring Scarlett Johansson, the movie is now scheduled for a Friday, August 8, 2014 bow. Details on both films below from the official press release: About Lucy From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson »
- Edward Davis
Universal Pictures has handed out an August 14, 2015 release date for their Untitled Jason Bourne Sequel, a follow-up to last year's The Bourne Legacy. The sequel will be going up against The Smurfs 3 in that date.
Jeremy Renner is reprising his role as Aaron Cross in the action-thriller, with Justin Lin coming on board last month to direct. Anthony Peckham is writing the script based on characters created by novelist Robert Ludlum. No story details have been released at this time, and it isn't known when production may begin.
Writer-director Luc Besson's film stars Scarlett Johansson as a young woman who develops into a dangerous assassin after being taken captive. Morgan Freeman and Min-sik Choi co-star in the action project, which is currently in production. »
No wonder Justin Lin decided to bail on the “Fast and Furious” franchise. It appears he already had the fifth “Bourne” movie lined up. The director of the last four “Fast and Furious” films will be doing the honors on the untitled “Bourne 5″, which will feature the return of Aaron Cross, the hero of “The Bourne Legacy” played by Jeremy Renner. Last we saw Cross, he was heading off into the sunset with Dr. Marta Shearing (played by Rachel Weisz). I guess that happy ending won’t last. Directed by Tony Gilroy, who either penned or worked on the plotting for all the “Bourne” films, “Legacy” was a decent hit for Universal, but it wasn’t quite the big box office explosion the studio was probably hoping for. Which led to a lot of speculation that Universal would be trying to get Matt Damon back as Bourne, perhaps to team up with Renner’s Cross, »
Universal has appointed Justin Lin to take the reigns of the ongoing Bourne franchise, with the director set to helm the sequel to The Bourne Legacy. The new film will pick up with the story of Aaron Cross, with leading man Jeremy Renner also confirmed to be returning for a second outing. Lin takes over from Tony Gilroy behind the camera, although the production team of Frank Marshall, Ben Smith and Jeffrey Weiner has been retained. The script has been penned by Invictus writer Anthony Peckham, although no story details have...
- George Wales
He made the studio a lot of money by revving the Fast & Furious franchise to new heights, so we suppose it’s not too surprising that Universal would hand the Bourne franchise to Justin Lin.The director, who has previously been attached to such bubbling franchises as the new Terminator and Highlander films, doesn’t seem like the most obvious choice to leap from the wildly Ott world of Dominic Toretto and co to the (slightly) more reality-based Bourne series, but the studio must be hoping he can goose the action quotient and make Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross (for he is apparently still the focus) a more viable action hero.Regular Bourne writer (and Legacy director) Tony Gilroy told Empire’s podcast that he wouldn’t be back for this new film. And indeed, whatever it ends up being called the fifth Bourne outing has a script by Sherlock Holmes’ Anthony Peckham. »
Justin Lin decided against directing the next Fast and Furious movie, but Universal is keen to keep the director close and has given him the keys to the next Bourne movie. Tony Gilroy directed The Bourne Legacy which followed a new character called Aaron Cross, played by Jeremy Renner. It made $276 million worldwide back […]
Read Next Bourne film to be directed by Justin Lin on Filmonic. »
- Liam Goodwin
Director Justin Lin wanted to do something different from the “Fast & Furious” movies. And now he has his next project.
According to Deadline, Universal Pictures hired Lin to direct the sequel to Tony Gilroy’s “The Bourne Legacy.” That film follows Aaron Cross, another operative being hunted down. Actor Jeremy Renner is expected to reprise his role as Cross.
Lin was very successful at reviving the “Fast & Furious” franchise in the last three installments which grossed over $1 billion at the box office. Director James Wan (“Insidious”) has now taken over to direct the next “Fast & Furious” movie.
It is expected the next “Bourne” movie will be released sometime in 2015.
The post Justin Lin Tapped to Helm next ‘Bourne’ Movie appeared first on Latino-Review.com. »
- Gig Patta
Justin Lin, who guided four installments of the Fast and Furious franchise to worldwide success, will direct the next film in the Bourne series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Earlier this year, Lin stepped away from the speedy and ridiculous automotive franchise when Universal decided that Fast and Furious 7 needed to be fast-tracked for next summer, since he'd have to be preparing that movie while also finishing post-production on Furious 6. Unofficially, Lin was said to be suffering from "franchise exhaustion." Meanwhile, The Bourne Legacy, the fourth installment of the series, but the first with Jeremy Renner playing a new lead character (in place of Matt Damon), under-performed a bit under the direction of Tony Gilroy. Universal controls both franchises, so it's understandable that...
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Universal Pictures has hired Fast and Furious director Justin Lin to direct the next installment of the Bourne franchise. The movie will be a direct sequel to the Tony Gilroy-directed film The Bourne Legacy. The movie will continue the adventures of Aaron Cross, who was played by Jeremy Renner. Renner is expected to reprise his role.
There's no information on what the plot of the movie will be, but I'm sure it's not much different from the rest of the Bourne films, and Cross will most likely be on the run again as he's being hunted down. According to Deadline, the studio is looking to release the film in summer of 2015.
It was only a matter of time before the studio moved forward with a sequel, and I think Lin is a solid choice to take it on. »
- Joey Paur
Some people have all the luck. After delivering three increasingly terrific installments of the Fast & Furious franchise (in addition to Tokyo Drift), Justin Lin has signed on to direct the next entry in another box-office juggernaut: Universal’s Bourne series. Lin will take over directing duties on Bourne 5 from Tony Gilroy, who helmed 2012′s The Bourne Legacy to mixed reviews.
The fact that Universal is handing the reins over to a director best-known for his action savvy suggests that the studio wants Bourne 5 to adopt a more action-packed feel than its predecessor, which emphasized brain over brawn. In Gilroy’s entry, new protagonist Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) made use of his MacGyver-style ingenuity much more frequently than his skills in hand-to-hand combat.
Clearly, The Bourne Legacy‘s slightly underwhelming reception has made Universal re-think how the franchise should proceed. Snagging Lin to direct is certainly a step in the right »
- Isaac Feldberg
Justin Lin has been signed up to direct the fifth Bourne movie.
The Bourne Legacy grossed $276 million worldwide when it was released in 2012. Watch the trailer below: »
Justin Lin, the director of four of the most popular movies in the Fast & Furious series is to switch franchises for Universal Pictures. As James Wan takes over the ‘Fast’ movies with episode number seven, Lin will tackle the next film in the ‘Bourne’ series.
Deadline reports the news that the film will be a direct sequel to the Tony Gilroy helmed The Bourne Legacy, which saw Jeremy Renner topline opposite Rachel Weisz. Anthony Peckham (Invictus, Sherlock Holmes) will write the screenplay for the film with Renner returning to play the role of Aaron Cross.
Word on the street is that the film is being eyed for a summer 2015 debut, which is already looking quite packed, particularly for Universal who have two big sequels, Jurassic World and Ted 2, scheduled for release already.
I personally wasn’t a huge fan of ‘Legacy,’ but many were, with the film making over $270 million »
- Paul Heath
We reported in August that the sequel is moving forward with Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes, Invictus) writing the screenplay. Jeremy Renner is expected to return as Treadstone agent Aaron Cross, although no other cast members have been confirmed at this time.
Justin Lin will also produce alongside Frank Marshall, Jeffrey M. Weiner and Ben Smith. No production schedule was given at this time, but the project is still considered a high priority at Universal. The Bourne Legacy took in more than $275 million worldwide last year.
It's also worth noting that, back in August, a rumor circulated that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass were in talks to return to the franchise, although the filmmaker debunked the story shortly thereafter.
The Bourne franchise is about to get a little faster and lot more furious. Universal Pictures has selected Justin Lin -- who helmed the last four "Fast and Furious" films to direct the sequel to "The Bourne Legacy," according to Deadline. Jeremy Renner is set to reprise his role as super spy Aaron Cross, an agent of the same shady organization that created Jason Bourne, played by Matt Damon in "The Bourne Identity," The Bourne Supremacy" and "The Bourne Ultimatum." While there's no title or plot summary for "Bourne 5" as of yet, Anthony Peckham ("Sherlock Holmes") is writing the script. Tony Gilroy wrote and directed "The »
- Hitfix Staff
Universal may hang on to their star director Justin Lin, who has delivered and then some with the multi-ethnic 'Fast & Furious' series (5 & 6 delivered $628 and 788 million worldwide respectively). They discussing giving him their franchise plum: the next 'Bourne' installment. The studio is still developing the script with Anthony Peckham with producers Frank Marshall and Ben Smith. Lin is weighing projects, possibly “Runner” at Warner Bros., Imagine's “L.A. Riots" or Universal's recently acquired "Section 6." According to Variety, Jeremy Renner, who starred in writer-director Tony Gilroy's reboot "Bourne Legacy" ($275 million worldwide), is expected to return to the franchise, which has lost some of its luster since the departure of original Bourne Matt Damon and filmmaker Paul Greengrass. »
- Anne Thompson
Well, you gotta at least give credit where credit is due. With both Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon bouncing from the franchise after "The Bourne Ultimatum," Universal went to series guru Tony Gilroy to write and direct "The Bourne Legacy." And the result was a brainier, less frenetic, slightly more thoughtful approach. It didn't quite work. At least not with audiences who turned out to see Jeremy Renner as the newly controlled agent, but not quite in the numbers a franchise four movies in should expect. So now they're calling in the big guns. Four-time "Fast & Furious" franchise director/saviour Justin Lin is in early discussion to take the helm of "Bourne 5."And what does really mean? While it's not spelled out, it's clear the studio wants a different approach, and probably one that will have the kind of big set pieces, explosions and spectacle audiences expect in their entertainment. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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