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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. »
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 Legacy, which earned $276 million worldwide last summer from a $125 million budget, followed Aaron Cross, one of the agents in Operation Outcome who was genetically enhanced to be a superior soldier. When the government decides to eliminate all of these covert operatives, Cross goes on the run and targets those trying to take him out.
Back in February, Universal's Adam Fogelson confirmed that a sequel was in the works, but this is the first we've heard about the project since then. The executive also mentioned the possibility of the original Bourne trilogy star Matt Damon returning as Jason Bourne, although insiders claim the studio hasn't made any progress in getting the actor to come back. Matt Damon had previously stated that »
Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson helped push the studio to its highest-grossing year worldwide in 2012, with hits like Ted, Dr. Seuss' the Lorax and Les Miserables pulling in millions of dollars at the box office. But the studio currently lacks a franchise, and is the only studio amongst the heavyweights to not yet have a billion-dollar grossing movie amongst its back catalogue of hits.
Fogelson hopes to change that in the near future, as he plans to move forward on a number of sequels to recent audience favorites. He gave an update on potential franchise starters The Bourne Legacy and Snow White and the Huntsman, and even announced that a sequel to their most recent hit, the comedy Identity Thief with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, is on its way. If its not a direct sequel, the two comedic talents will work together again in some capacity. The Chairman also says »
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