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Ridley Scott's film version of The Martian, adapted by Drew Goddard from the book by Andy Weir, is now upon us, and it boasts an impressive cast, including Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Pena, and more. While the supporting cast are excellent performers, this article will focus on Matt Damon, who plays the lead role.
(Sadly, The Martian is not about DC's Martian Manhunter, aka J'onn J'onzz, the noble, telepathic, shape-shifting member of the Justice League. If it were, Matt Damon would be cast against type—as he always is—but is chameleonic enough as an actor to be able to pull it off anyway—as he always does. A more obvious casting choice would be someone like Blair Underwood (The Event, Marvel's Agents of Shield), who exudes both gravitas and humanity.)
While one might assume that The Martian will be the first time we've seen Jason Bourne in space, »
Following up Blue Ruin and Green Room — which will get a 2016 spring release via A24 — Jeremy Saulnier will re-team with the distributor. The Wrap reports that he’s been set to adapt William Giraldi’s novel Hold the Dark for his next project. Scripted by star Macon Blair, it’s described as an “intense tale of fate, family, and revenge set in the remote Alaskan wilderness. When a child is taken from his village by a pack of wolves, an expert hunter is summoned to track and destroy them. His mission leads him down an increasingly dark and shocking path as he confronts the cruelty of nature and his own failures as a man. With the child’s grief-crazed father closing in behind him and a fierce, unforgiving landscape ahead, the question becomes, who is really being hunted?” It sounds like fantastic, intense material for the director, so we look »
- Jordan Raup
Matt Damon is currently on double duty: shooting ‘Bourne 5’ with Paul Greengrass, which is already underway, but having enough leeway to escape to do press for his starring role in Ridley Scott’s “The Martian.” As Damon does the rounds, new details on the fifth ‘Bourne’ movie are trickling out. Damon only teased a few morsels, but suggested Jason Bourne has been hiding and off the radar for 12 years. “[Bourne] has his memory back, but that doesn’t mean he knows everything. It’s 12 years since Jason Bourne has been on the grid. So we have to answer the questions, Where’s he been? What’s he doing? What gets him going again? So once we solved all that, then we had a movie,” he told the New York Daily News. Read More: Matt Damon Talks "Post-Snowden" World Of 'Bourne 5' So, what is the inciting element that forces Bourne to leave his den, »
- Edward Davis
While it’s a known fact that Matt Damon is returning to play Jason Bourne, the role that solidified his status as a movie star many years ago, for the upcoming fifth installment in the Bourne series, plot details on the film have been scarce. However, during an interview with the New York Daily News to promote his new sci-fi film The Martian, Damon finally spilled some information about the film’s story.
On what fans can expect from Bourne 5, the actor said, “[Bourne] has his memory back, but that doesn’t mean he knows everything. It’s 12 years since Jason Bourne has been on the grid. So we have to answer the questions, Where’s he been? What’s he doing? What gets him going again? So once we solved all that, then we had a movie.”
Although Damon’s brief words about the as-yet-untitled film still leave a ton of questions unanswered, »
- Justin Cook
For a long time, it appeared as if it was never going to happen, but Bourne 5 is now shooting with Paul Greengrass back at the helm and Matt Damon reprising the role of Jason Bourne. Both the director and star dodged questions about returning to the franchise for years, and when Jeremy Renner was brought in to play Aaron Cross in The Bourne Legacy, it appeared as if the franchise was set to go in a very different direction.
However, that wasn’t the critical or commercial hit Universal had been hoping for, and it most definitely didn’t come as a surprise when the sequel to that was shelved in preference of the still untitled Bourne 5.
With Damon taking a break from shooting the movie to promote The Martian, he revealed in one recent interview that a big part of Bourne 5 will address where the character has been and what’s next for him. »
- Josh Wilding
Matt Damon is currently doing the press rounds for The Martian, which starts to open in cinemas from next week (we hope to have a full review for you over the weekend), and while doing said tour, spilled some beans on the fifth film in the Bourne franchise, which he’s currently shooting with director Paul Greengrass.
Here’s what he had to say about Bourne 5 to the folks over at the NY Daily News.
“[Bourne] has his memory back, but that doesn’t mean he knows everything. It’s 12 years since Jason Bourne has been on the grid. So we have to answer the questions, Where’s he been? What’s he doing? What gets him going again? So once we solved all that, then we had a movie.”
We’re guessing that shooting will resume with Damon on Bourne 5, or whatever they decide to call it, within the next »
- Paul Heath
After years of waiting, Jason Bourne fans finally got the news they wanted last year, when Universal Pictures confirmed that both Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are reuniting for a new Bourne Sequel. Production is currently under way, but Matt Damon took some time out from filming to promote his new sci-fi drama The Martian, arriving in theaters October 2. During an interview with New York Daily News, the actor offered some new plot details that reveal how this story came together.
"[Bourne] has his memory back, but that doesn't mean he knows everything. It's 12 years since Jason Bourne has been on the grid. So we have to answer the questions, Where's he been? What's he doing? What gets him going again? So once we solved all that, then we had a movie."
When the movie debuts next year, it will have been nine years since Bourne got his memory back in 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum. »
It's been a while since we last saw Matt Damon's Jason Bourne. Sure, Jeremy Renner helped perpetuate the franchise with 2012's The Bourne Legacy, but eight years have passed since we've actually seen the series' titular character. As a result, fans are curious as to exactly what he's been up to since we last saw him - but the good news is that Paul Greengrass' untitled Bourne 5 will help deliver answers to all of those questions. Damon is still in production on the fifth installment of the Bourne franchise, but he's been taking a break from the film recently to take part in the press tour for Ridley Scott's The Martian. As such, he's had the opportunity to talk about his action franchise a bit, and it was while speaking with the New York Daily News that he explained what exactly what we can expect the new »
Since The Bourne Legacy unsuccessfully attempted to take the franchise in a new direction three years ago, the spy saga has stalled. Overly-talky, and feeling somewhat redundant with a less compelling new figure in the lead, Legacy saw critics shrug and the box office gross reach half of the previous effort: The Bourne Ultimatum. Few were left calling out for a sequel.
But while the series has been waiting for someone to come along and revitalize it, it turns out the two people arguably most important to the Bourne franchise have been preparing to make a comeback all this time. They would be original star Matt Damon, and the director that made the franchise his own, Paul Greengrass. Bourne 5 will be their fourth collaboration, and their third Bourne film together, and it begins shooting this month.
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- Brogan Morris
Now, Saban Films have announced a December release date for the film in the United States, and the film will go by the same name as the series was given in its U.S. release - "Mi-5". [Source: Deadline]
The story follows a group of West Germans attempting to sneak into East Berlin with the aid of American news networks. Lindholm will write the screenplay. [Source: Deadline]
With just over $440 million in box-office revenue, $350M of which is from overseas audiences, "Terminator: Genisys" has reportedly edged out the »
- Garth Franklin
Tobias Lindholm, whose A War recently debuted at the Venice Film Festival, will team with director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, The Bourne Ultimatum) on The Tunnels, an adaptation of author Greg Mitchell’s upcoming nonfiction book about a group of West Germans attempting to sneak into East Berlin with the aid of American news networks. Lindholm, a writer and director best known for his scripts for director Thomas Vinterberg’s A Hijacking and The Hunt, wrote and… »
Variety reported in October that Paul Greengrass was attached to direct. Lindholm’s “A War,” which he wrote and directed, premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
“The Tunnels” is based on Greg Mitchell’s book about the untold true story of an escape forged by a group of West Germans trying to get their loved ones out of East Berlin, with the unlikely help of American news networks.
The film will be produced by Mark Gordon, who brought the idea to Greengrass and attached him to direct. Gordon and Michele Wolkoff then brought the project to FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder who will also produce. Ben Browning and Glen Basner from FilmNation Entertainment and Christos Konstantakopoulos will executive produce.
- Dave McNary
“Blindspot” is a series that aims to hook viewers with curiosity. Yes, star Jaimie Alexander is alluring, and yes, the action that comes with the FBI’s cases of the week is thrilling. But it’s need to get answers in this odd mystery, the need to get more pieces of the puzzle that is Jane Doe that’ll likely do the lion’s share of the work in getting viewers to tune into the new series again each week. The new thriller, which premiered on NBC tonight, begins with this compelling scene: a duffel bag tagged with instructions to call the FBI is found in Times Square. Soon New York’s iconic square is empty, and a bomb squad is surprised to find that the bag contains not a bomb, but a naked woman, covered in tattoos. One of these tattoos bears the name of FBI Agent Kurt Weller. »
- Emily Rome
Things are really beginning to heat up on Universal’s action sequel Bourne 5 – and we’re not just referring to Matt Damon’s ripped physique. Now that the cameras are rolling on Paul Greengrass’ marquee feature, which has set up shop in Tenerife, Spain for the next few weeks, the studio is wasting no time in filling the vacant roles around Damon’s titular super spy.
Greengrass and Co. may have already recruited Vincent Cassel to play the role of the villain, but now The Hollywood Reporter states that Django Unchained alum Ato Essandoh is between the director’s crosshairs. No further details were given about his character or how big a role he will play when the actioner opens in July.
- Michael Briers
See Also: First look at Matt Damon in Bourne 5
The latest instalment in the spy series reunited Damon with director Paul Greengrass and co-star Julia Stiles, while new additions include Alicia Vikander (Ex_Machina), Vincent Cassel (Trance) and Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln).
Bourne 5 is set for release on July 26th 2016.
- Gary Collinson
Ato Essandoh has joined Universal's upcoming Bourne 5, which features the return of both Paul Greengrass as director and Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. Details about his character are being tightly kept under wraps. Essandoh is probably best known for his roles on CBS' Elementary and on BBC America's Cooper. He's also appeared in several films, including Django Unchained, Blood Diamond, Hitch, Get Him To The Greek, and Garden State. He'll next be seen in Martin Scorsese's upcoming HBO drama Vinyl. What do you guys think of this latest addition? Sound off with your thoughts below! Global superstar Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role as Jason Bourne in the fifth installment of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise. Acclaimed director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Captain Phillips) also returns for this much-anticipated chapter, and Frank Marshall again produces alongside Jeffrey Weiner and Ben Smith for Captivate Entertainment. »
Ato Essandoh has joined the cast of the next installment of "Bourne" franchise which is set up at Universal Pictures. The currently untitled film of course stars the returning Matt Damon, with new additions in Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and (also returning) Julia Stiles. Paul Greengrass is directing, which is good news, from a script he co-wrote with Christopher Rouse. No word on what role Ato has signed up to play (I just hope he lives to see the end of the film); we don't even yet know what story this "Bourne" movie will tell, although it's currently filming. Essandoh's resume is full of a lot of TV work, including parts in the BBC »
- Tambay A. Obenson
The “Bourne 2016” family just got a little bigger, with the addition of HBO regular Ato Essandoh. Star of the forthcoming Bobby Cannavale rock n’ roll period drama “Vinyl,” Essandoh joins the previously announced Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Julia Stiles. Character details are predictably under wraps. Essandoh has previously appeared in the BBC America series “Copper,” as well as landing stints on HBO’s “Girls” and CBS’ “Blue Bloods.” His film credits include “Blood Diamond” and “Django Unchained.” Also Read: Matt Damon Sizzles in Shirtless First Look From 'Bourne 2016' Movie Set (Photo) Paul Greengrass returns to the “Bourne” series as director, »
- Matt Donnelly
Paul Greengrass is back to direct and co-pen the script with Christopher Rouse. Frank Marshall will produce the action-thriller alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment. Greengrass, Damon, Greg Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Rouse and Henry Morrison serve as executive producers.
Plot details are unknown at this time. Production is currently underway with the film set to bow on July 29, 2016.
Damon’s three Bourne movies, the first of which was released in 2002, grossed nearly $1 billion cumulatively at the worldwide box office.
- Justin Kroll
Ato Essandoh has joined the cast of the as-yet-untitled next installment of The Bourne Identity at Universal Pictures. He joins Matt Damon, Tommy Lee Jones, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Julia Stiles. Paul Greengrass is directing what will be his third film in the series. Essandoh, who co-starred in the BBC America series Copper, is currently starring in Vinyl, the HBO drama series set in 1970s New York. He also appeared in the films Django Unchained, Blood Diamond… »
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