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‘Bourne’ Sequel Casts ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ Actor Riz Ahmed (Exclusive)

4 November 2015 2:56 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Star Wars: Rogue One” actor Riz Ahmed has been tapped to join Matt Damon in the next installment in his “Bourne” franchise, sources tell Variety.

Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel, Scott Shepherd and Tommy Lee Jones are also on board for the project, with Julia Stiles set to return to the series.

Paul Greengrass is attached to direct and co-write the script with Christopher Rouse — rejoining the franchise after helming 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum.” Frank Marshall again produces the action-thriller sequel 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, though sources say Ahmed will play a tech specialist at the CIA. Sources tell Variety that Ahmed had always been the top choice for this key role, but scheduling conflicts with “Rogue One” almost stymied the deal. Insiders now »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Bridge of Spies’ Actor Joins Matt Damon in ‘Bourne’ Sequel (Exclusive)

20 October 2015 2:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scott Shepherd has closed a deal to join Matt Damon in Universal’s next installment in the “Bourne” franchise.

Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones are also on board for the project, and Julia Stiles is set to return as well.

Paul Greengrass is back to direct (his first since helming 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum”) and co-pen the script with Christopher Rouse. Frank Marshall again produces 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, though sources say Shepherd will play the deputy director of the CIA.

Production is under way in Budapest. The film will bow on July 29.

Damon’s three Bourne movies, which began in 2002 and ended in 2007, grossed nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office.

Shepherd can be seen in DreamWorks’ “Bridge of Spies »

- Justin Kroll

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Bourne 5 Adds Django Unchained Actor Ato Essandoh

15 September 2015 3:50 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

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. »

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‘Bourne’: Ato Essandoh Joins Matt Damon in Sequel

15 September 2015 2:31 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ato Essandoh has joined Matt Damon in the next installment of the Jason Bourne franchise.

Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones are also on board for the film, and Julia Stiles is set to reprise her role.

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.

Essandoh currently stars on HBO’s “Vinyl,” the upcoming drama series set in 1970s New York. The show, which premieres in 2016, also stars Olivia Wilde and Bobby Cannavale. The actor played Dr. »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Bourne’: Vincent Cassel to Play Villain Opposite Matt Damon in Sequel (Exclusive)

1 September 2015 12:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Vincent Cassel is set to play the villain in the next installment of the Jason Bourne franchise starring Matt Damon.

Alicia Vikander and Tommy Lee Jones are also on board for the project, and Julia Stiles is set to return as well.

Paul Greengrass is back to direct and co-pen the script with Christopher RouseFrank Marshall again produces 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, though sources say Cassel will play an assassin tracking Bourne. Cassel joins the ranks of Clive Owen, Karl Urban and Edgar Ramirez, who played the villains in previous “Bourne” chapters.

Production is expected to begin later this summer. The film will bow on July 29, 2016.

Damon’s three Bourne movies, which began in 2002 and ended in 2007, grossed nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office. »

- Justin Kroll

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Wes Craven's Syfy TV Shows Are Still Happening

31 August 2015 7:03 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last night, legendary horror filmmaker Wes Craven passed away at the age of 76, after losing his battle with brain cancer. The director didn't have any film projects in the works at the time of his passing, but he had signed on to develop two shows for Syfy and Universal Cable Productions, adaptations of his 1991 thriller The People Under the Stairs and the book We Are All Completely Fine. Following the director's passing, Syfy released a brief statement, mourning the loss of Wes Craven while confirming that his projects will still move forward.

"Wes Craven was an icon. Syfy mourns the loss of this great visionary who helped shape an entire generation of horror. We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with him and, along with Universal Cable Productions, will continue to develop The People Under the Stairs and the book We Are All Completely Fine - projects »

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'Bourne 5' Teams Tommy Lee Jones with Matt Damon

28 July 2015 3:33 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While Universal Pictures and the filmmakers still haven't decided on an official title for the Untitled Matt Damon Bourne Sequel, the cast continues to grow. Variety reports that Tommy Lee Jones has signed on for Bourne 5, portraying a "superior officer at the CIA." The role is being compared to the characters played by Chris Cooper, David Strathairn, Brian Cox and Edward Norton in the first four Bourne movies.

Tommy Lee Jones will be joined by Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, Julia Stiles as Nicky Parsons and Alicia Vikander, whose role has not yet been revealed. We reported last month that Viggo Mortensen was being sought to portray the main villain, but his involvement has never been confirmed yet. Universal is also moving forward with a separate sequel for 2012's The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, but producer Frank Marshall has confirmed that there are no current plans for Jason Bourne »

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‘Bourne’: Tommy Lee Jones Joins Matt Damon in Sequel (Exclusive)

28 July 2015 11:42 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tommy Lee Jones has joined Matt Damon in the next installment of the “Bourne” franchise.

Alicia Vikander and Julia Stiles are also on board to join the action series, while Paul Greengrass is back to direct and pen the script with Christopher Rouse.

Frank Marshall will produce again alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment. Greengrass, Damon, Greg Goodman and Ben Smith will also produce, while Rouse and Henry Morrison will serve as executive producers.

Plot details are unknown at this time, though sources say Jones will play a superior officer at the CIA. Edward Norton, Chris Cooper, Brian Cox and David Strathairn have playing similar roles in past “Bourne” movies. Production is expected to begin later this summer. The film will bow on July 29, 2016.

Damon’s three Bourne movies, the first of which was released in 2002, grossed nearly $1 billion worldwide at the box office. Damon last played the iconic role in 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum, »

- Justin Kroll

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Wes Craven Signs First-Look Deal with Ucp, Developing The People Under the Stairs TV Series & More for Syfy

21 April 2015 7:32 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Wes Craven is keeping busy on the small screen front. He's executive producing MTV's Scream TV series (debuting June 30th) and now it's been revealed that Craven has agreed to a first-look deal with Universal Cable Productions and has two horror TV series adaptations in the works at Syfy.

According to Variety, Craven is working to adapt both his 1991 film, The People Under the Stairs, and Daryl Gregory's novel, We Are All Completely Fine, as respective TV series for the Syfy network.

Michael Reisz will write and executive produce The People Under the Stairs pilot, which is "described as a contemporary “Downton Abbey” meets “Amityville Horror,” “People Under the Stairs” focuses on centuries-old horrors discovered deep within an estate after a girl goes missing." Craven, Shep Gordon (who also executive produced the 1991 film with Craven) from Alive Productions, as well as Tracey Murray and Sara Bottfeld from Industry Entertainment, will also executive produce the project. »

- Derek Anderson

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'People Under the Stairs' TV Show Coming from Wes Craven

20 April 2015 1:31 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) continues to fortify its genre slate signing a first-look deal with horror mastermind Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream), which includes a TV adaptation of his 1991 thriller The People Under the Stairs. The deal, announced today by Dawn Olmstead, Executive Vice President, Development, will focus on creating unparalleled scripted programming for NBCUniversal and external networks. Here's what Dawn Olmstead had to say in a statement.

"Wes is an icon whose films have captivated audiences for decades. We're thrilled to be working with him, and to be able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of horror, humor and intelligence to television."

Wes Craven himself had this to say about his deal with Ucp in a statement.

"Ucp is the home of an amazing slate of TV programming and I'm delighted to be working with them. Fasten your seatbelts."

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- MovieWeb

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Wes Craven Developing ‘People Under the Stairs,’ More with Ucp

20 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Horror kingpin Wes Craven has scared up several new projects, inking a first-look deal with Universal Cable Productions that includes developing a television adaptation of his 1991 movie “The People Under the Stairs” and the Daryl Gregory novel “We Are All Completely Fine” for Syfy, Variety has learned.

Universal Cable Productions is the home of an amazing slate of TV programming, and I’m delighted to be working with them,” said Craven. “Fasten your seatbelts.”

Ucp exec VP of development Dawn Olmstead announced the deal Monday, adding that it will focus on creating scripted programming for NBCUniversal and external networks.

“Wes is an icon whose films have captivated audiences for decades. We’re thrilled to be working with him, and to be able to bring his enormous talent and unique blend of horror, humor and intelligence to television,” said Olmstead.

“At Syfy, we’re working with the most iconic names in the genre, »

- Whitney Friedlander

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