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Damon and director Paul Greengrass are making deals with Universal to team up for a new Bourne film.
As the old saying goes, you can't keep a good government assassin down. Jason Bourne – and not Jeremy Renner's semi-confusing Jason Bourne analog – is coming back as Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are currently making a deal with Universal to reunite for a third time, according to Deadline.
This will be the fourth time Damon has stepped into the shoes of the titular trained killer, first playing him in 2002 in The Bourne Identity. Identity was directed by Doug Liman who handed the series' reigns over to Greengrass in 2004 for The Bourne Supremacy.
It was Greengrass who gave the franchise its iconic handheld 'shaky cam' look, which he used to acclaimed effect in the 2007 installment The Bourne Ultimatum, which was the last film Damon appeared in as the eponymous hero.
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In a surprise move over at Universal, both director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon are both making a return to the Jason Bourne franchise that started with The Bourne Identity all of the way back in 2002. Edge Of Tomorrow helmer Doug Liman directed that movie, but Greengrass brought the following sequels The Bourne Supermacy and The Bourne Ultimatum to cinemas in the years that followed.
In 2012, ‘Ultimatum’ writer Tony Gilroy stepped into the role of director for spin-off The Bourne Legacy, which was led by newcomer to the franchise Jeremy Renner, and while a sequel to that movie was due in 2016, it now looks like that release slot may be taken by the new Greengrass movie.
While the spin-off sequel will not be released in that slot, Universal did say that a film that will continue to feature the exploits of Renner’s Aaron Cross, will still continue to be developed at the studio. »
- Paul Heath
The re-team would mark the pair’s third collaboration in The Bourne Identity series, and Damon’s fourth Bourne film overall. The pair are reportedly in early talks at Universal.
Universal declined to comment. A rep for Damon did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
If the re-team pans out, it will likely be the next Bourne film to go into production in order to fill the July 16, 2016 release date that the studio selected for an untitled Bourne film. In effect, it will presumably »
- C. Molly Smith
Surprise! Jason Bourne is heading back to the big screen. Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass are set to collaborate on a third "Bourne" film together, according to Deadline, contradicting previous claims by Greengrass that his involvement with the franchise was through (it's worth noting that Latino Review had the scoop on this story way back in June). The film will reportedly be done in time to make the July 16, 2016 release date previously slotted by Universal for the next untitled "Bourne" film, which was assumed to be the next entry in the "Bourne Legacy" series starring Jeremy Renner. The Justin Lin-directed sequel to that 2012 spinoff - which saw Renner starring as special agent Aaron Cross - is still in development, however, and the studio is said to be interested in continuing on with it even as they re-embark on the original series. “The problem with franchise films is, if you »
- Chris Eggertsen
It might be hard to believe, but Universal Pictures has managed to convince director Paul Greengrass and The Bourne Identity franchise star Matt Damon back together for the fourth film in the series following secret government organization Jason Bourne. This will be the third time Greengrass and Damon have worked on the Bourne series together (Doug Liman directed the first film in 2002), and we never really thought the studio could success in getting the duo back together after they couldn't figure out a way to continue the story of Jason Bourne after The Bourne Ultimatum when the character learned about his past. Well, Deadline says that a story has been cracked and Universal is so excited about the prospect that the July 16th, 2016 release date that was meant for the sequel to The Bourne Legacy will instead go to this new Jason Bourne sequel. That likely means we won't see »
- Ethan Anderton
There had been rumours, but now a new Bourne movie actually starring title character Jason Bourne is said to be officially in the works at Universal. Both Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass have talked about the possibility of returning for another instalment, though it seemed like it was never going to happen.
The studio are in fact so keen on prioritising this team-up that they are planning on giving this film the release date originally set aside for the Justin Lin helmed sequel to the pretty uninspiring The Bourne Legacy which starred American Hustle actor Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross. Bourne without Bourne if you will.
What that means is we could see this new Bourne as soon as July 16th, »
- Josh Wilding
Exclusive: Jason Bourne is coming back. Universal Pictures has begun making deals with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to reunite for their third film in The Bourne Identity series, sources tell me. This is an absolute stunner — and Universal would not comment nor would the reps — because Greengrass told Deadline as recently as last year that once Bourne regained his memory, there was no place else for the character to go creatively. His search formed the spine for the trilogy Damon starred in.
Well, they’ve figured it out. I’m told that the studio is so bullish on this that the intention is to make the reteam the next Bourne film to go into production to make the July 16, 2016, release slot that Universal had previously assigned to an untitled Bourne film. That means it would step in front of the spinoff sequel that is to reprise Jeremy Renner »
- Mike Fleming Jr
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
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In The Maze Runner, a group of kids -- on foot -- struggle to escape a crazy maze full of scary creatures trying to kill them. In honor of the film's heart-pounding chase sequences, we selected some of the best on-foot chases the movies have to offer. The Bourne Identity (2002) Matt Damon kicked off this action franchise in style with a chase sequence that's both exciting and kinda chill. Watch as Jason Bourne calmly escapes a snafu while throwin' his fists down on...
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The movie tells the story of a young investment banker struggling to understand his emotional disconnect after the tragic death of his wife.
The banker begins to tear apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong but ultimately is rescued by a woman he meets in a chance encounter.
Demolition is set to begin filming in New York City on Monday (September 15). »
Cinema has long held a fascination with memories, from the different ways they can be manipulated (Inception, Total Recall) to how crucial they can be in defining who we are (Memento, The Bourne Identity). Before I Go to Sleep slots into the latter grouping; As directed by Rowan Joffé it’s a well-performed and solidly engaging thriller, but it won’t be joining the distinguished pantheon the aforementioned films reside in any time soon.
Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by S.J. Watson Before I Go to Sleep focuses on Christine Lucas (Nicole Kidman), who wakes up with no memory of her existence beyond her early 20’s after she was involved in an accident. She is told this and more information about her life every morning by her weary husband Ben (Colin Firth, reuniting with his The Railway Man co-star). She is also called each day by Dr. »
- Amon Warmann
Alien Sleeper Cell emerges from development hell, as James McTeigue signs up to direct a sci-fi mix of Bourne and The Americans...
This one's been in gestation for a while. But now, James McTeigue, the director of the likes of V For Vendetta, The Raven and Ninja Assassin, has signed on to direct the science fiction thriller Alien Sleeper Cell. A project that was talked about nearly five years ago before things went quiet, it's described as a story that contains elements from The Bourne Identity and the TV show The Americans.
It's an alien invasion movie from writer Morgan Davis Foehl (who's penned Michael Mann's upcoming cyberthriller, Blackhat), and McTeigue is likely to tackle Alien Sleeper Cell as his next project. More as we hear it, because there's not much more information than that around at the moment...
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He’s dabbled in comic book conspiracies, martial arts action and historical fiction suspense, but now V For Vendetta director James McTeigue is looking to tackle science fiction, signing on to make Alien Splinter Cell for ScanBox Studios.Morgan Davis Foehl, who worked on cyber thriller Blackhat for Michael Mann, has written the script for this one, which has locked most of its plot details away for now. But The Hollywood Reporter has heard that it’ll mash up a spy thriller like The Bourne Identity with a story that finds aliens living amongst humans as their race builds up to a big invasion plan. Think Us drama The Americans, but with aliens instead of Russians.McTeigue, who last released Edgar Allen Poe detective pic The Raven, is juggling several potential projects, including a Bloodsport remake and a drama about Elliot Ness and Al Capone. He’s currently finishing up work on action thriller Survivor, »
It’s been quite a while since we’ve heard anything about the sci-fi thriller Alien Sleeper Cell, almost four years in fact, but it looks as though things are finally moving along again because it’s being reported that James McTeigue just signed on to direct the film. We’re still without concrete story details, but back when reports first surfaced, Alien Sleeper Cell was described as “a fresh and surprising take on the all-too-familiar alien invasion genre that features the tense tone of The Bourne Identity.” Hit the jump for more on Alien Sleeper Cell. According to the THR description, Alien Sleeper Cell has elements that “harken to Bourne Identity and TV’s The Americans but applied to an alien invasion scenario.” The script comes from Morgan Davis Foehl who’s been getting attention for Michael Mann’s Blackhat, a cybercrime film starring Chris Hemsworth and Viola Davis. »
- Perri Nemiroff
The sci-fi thriller Alien Sleeper Cell is finally moving along as it's been reported that James McTeigue will now direct the film. It’s described as “a fresh and surprising take on the all-too-familiar alien invasion genre that features the tense tone of The Bourne Identity.” Those are the only story details we have at the moment but it sounds like they’re confident about making something we haven’t seen before when it comes to the »
- Graham McMorrow
The Wachowski’s golden boy, James McTeigue, has joined a new project from a new studio – Alien Sleeper Cell. Doesn’t that title give you the most delightful chills? Alas, it’s got nothing to do with xenomorph Alien franchise.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will capture the same tone as The Bourne Identity and TV show The Americans. But in an alien invasion-style set-up. Consider us intrigued!
While there’s scant details about Alien Sleeper Cell, it’s known that McTeigue will direct the flick from a script by up-and-comer Morgan Davis Foehl. Foehl just completed work on Michael Mann’s Cyber script. As it stands now, new production outfit Scanbox Studios are currently putting together financing and brokering international deals for the pic. Prime Universe Films’ Adrian Askarich who recently finished work on Fox’s Hitman: Agent 47 will co-produce, and Felipe Linz will join as executive producer. »
- Gem Seddon
While specific plot details are being kept under wraps, the story has been compared to The Bourne Identity and the FX series The Americans, set within an alien invasion scenario. Morgan Davis Foehl, who wrote Michael Mann's upcoming cyber-thriller Blackhat, is penning the screenplay.
Joe Gatta and Jovi Sighvatsson are producing alongside Adrian Askarieh's Prime Universe Films, which has the Hitman: Agent 47 reboot coming out next year. Felipe Linz came up with the original concept and is serving as an executive producer. It isn't known when production will get under way.
After serving as First Assistant Director for Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski on The Matrix trilogy, James McTeigue made his directorial debut with V for Vendetta. His other directorial credits include Ninja Assassin and The Raven, »
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- Garth Franklin
There’s a moment in the first half of The November Man when Pierce Brosnan’s Peter Devereaux is having a tense conversation with his former protégée David Mason (Luke Bracey) and he says “You can either be a human or a killer of humans” and that’s a cool line and it caps off a tense scene but it has nothing at all to do with anything that happens in the film. Instead The November Man is a movie that strings together a number of spy-action clichés to make a movie that isn’t unenjoyable by any means but doesn’t provide anything particularly original. It’s as if Brosnan, an executive producer on this movie, has spent the years since he exited the Bond franchise watching all of the spy movies he could find with a notebook trying to find a way back in to the genre that left him behind. »
- Arthur Tebbel
Believe it or not, films and television programmes added to Netflix and Amazon do have a tendency to expire and no longer be there after a while; this isn’t as publicised as when the titles in question are added though. So by the time you read this there are around 50 titles disappearing from Netflix.
If you have ever wanted to watch the 2002 version of The Count of Monte Cristo then you have probably missed your chance by now. What this does mean however is that probably next week Netflix will have added a whole raft of new stuff, I say new but it will probably be a mixture of catalogue and stuff from the last year. I know that the underrated Enders Game and the superior Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due there in September, I just don’t know when.
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- Chris Holt
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