Oscar-winner Tommy Lee Jones will be joining Matt Damon in the upcoming fifth installment in the ‘Jason Bourne’ series, thus far only titled Bourne 5. Captain Phillips and Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass will be returning to helm the project, which will also star series veteran Julia Stiles (The Bourne Supremacy, Silver Linings Playbook), Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Hidalgo), and Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.). Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass will be writing the film along with returning Bourne screenwriter Christopher Rouse (The Italian Job, The Bourne Ultimatum), but no details regarding the plot are known at this time. Producer Frank Marshall (Indiana Jones-Raiders of the Lost Ark, Back to the Future) will produce with Jeffery Weiner under Captivate Entertainment. Stay tuned for more news!
Director Paul Greengrass (left) collaborating with Matt Damon (right).
Matt Damon (Good Will Hunting, The Departed) stole the screen as Jason Bourne in the fast-paced spy series from author Robert Ludlum that began with The Bourne Identity in 2002 and ended (for Damon) with The Bourne Ultimatum in 2007. After that Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, American Hustle) stepped in to portray a new character in the Bourne-universe for director Tony Gilroy in The Bourne Legacy, which received mixed reviews from both critics and fans. But now Damon and Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass (United 93, Captain Phillips) are both returning to the series for a fifth installment, thus far only known as Bourne 5. Julia Stiles (The Omen, Silver Linings Playbook) will also be returning for the new movie, joining new-comers Alicia Vikander (The Fifth Estate, Ex Machina) and Viggo Mortensen (The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, A History of Violence) as the new villain. Details for the new story are not yet available, and further casting news is likely still forthcoming, so we’ll keep you posted with further updates.
Twentieth Century Fox recently moved their upcoming sequel to Dawn of the Planet of the Apes from July 2016 to the next July in 2017. With this move, the vacated release-spot has been filled by Universal Pictures, moving their upcoming Jason Bourne sequel that will reunite Matt Damon (The Departed, Interstellar) with director Paul Greengrass (Green Zone, Captain Phillips) into this date instead. This will push the Bourne release back by a couple of weeks, but also provide virtually no competition for that opening weekend, so it could turn out to be a really profitable switch. Damon and Greengrass are currently writing the screenplay for the film with producer Christopher Rouse, but there is no word yet as to whether or not the movie will follow the previous installment, The Bourne Legacy, with series newcomer Jeremy Renner (The Avengers, American Hustle). The Bourne Legacy was directed by series screenwriter Tony Gilroy, taking over for Greengrass who directed Damon in both the preceding movies The Bourne Supremacy (2004) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), but now Greengrass is back on board to direct and Gilroy has, as of now, fallen away from the series. Stay tuned for more news.
Director Paul Greengrass with Matt Damon on the set of The Bourne Supremacy (2004)
Matt Damon recently announced that he and director Paul Greengrass would be reuniting for another Jason Bourne adventure, but the director has more on his upcoming schedule than another endeavor into familiar territory. Greengrass (Green Zone, Captain Phillips) is in talks at Sony Pictures to direct a new adaptation of George Orwell’s frighteningly predictive novel 1984. The book was published in 1948 and takes place in the midst of a futuristic war where surveillance technology is virtually unavoidable to the general public, very appropriate in our modern world where surveillance is a constant subject of controversy and federal agencies are under high scrutiny for surveillance methods that may or may not be morally sound. Greengrass will direct the project from a screen adaptation by James Graham, and Scott Rudin, who worked with Greengrass on Captain Phillips in 2013, will produce the project at Sony. Thus far there are no actors attached to the film. Stay tuned.
Although Jeremy Renner did a pretty good job expanding our insight into the Jason Bourne universe as fellow Treadstone agent Aaron Cross, The Bourne Legacy was still lacking in the excitement and suspense that Paul Greengrass brought to The Bourne Supremacy and Ultimatum films with veteran actor Matt Damon. But now news from Deadline reports that Greengrass and Damon will be reuniting for a fourth installment in the original Jason Bourne storyline from Universal Pictures, and the release date for the film will now take the place of the planned sequel to Renner’s Bourne Legacy (July 2016). There is no official news release on the new plotline, but the rumors about what it could be are already starting to hit the web, with a lot of speculation as to whether Renner’s Aaron Cross and Damon’s Bourne will cross paths or if the film will only focus on Bourne. In The Bourne Legacy we saw how Renner’s story was running parallel to Jason Bourne’s expeditions in The Bourne Ultimatum, but whether or not Greengrass will want to cross the two plots is, again, still uncertain. Since Ultimatum was released (and Damon refused to make another Bourne unless Greengrass was signed on to direct), the two filmmakers have worked on a number of projects, with Greengrass releasing Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks last year, and Damon appearing in films like Contagion, Elysium, and The Monuments Men, the two did work together on Green Zone in 2010, so it only seems appropriate that they should be reunited under the Bourne banner once again. Damon is scheduled to begin filming The Martian with director Ridley Scott by the end of this year for a November 2015 release, and will also make an uncredited cameo in Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar at the end of this year. We’ll keep an eye out for more updates.
Director Justin Lin has just wrapped up Fast and Furious 6 and may be asked to take up the helm again for a seventh installment. But for now, Universal has hired him to direct the next installment in the Bourne franchise. Although there is no story line for the new project, and, to their huge disappointment, Universal has not yet been successful in reuniting The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon for the new project, the studio is moving forward with the sequel to The Bourne Legacy (2012). Jeremy Renner, who played agent Aaron Cross in Legacy, is not yet connected to the film, which means that the filmmakers may still take this movie in a whole new direction, ignoring Renner’s and Damon’s characters all together. Whatever the plot, the only official news regarding the movie is that Lin will be behind the camera. So once again, we’ll have to play the waiting game for any details regarding further cast members and whether or not a decent script can be brought to the series.
Captain Phillips, the highly anticipated drama surrounding the 2009 hijacking of the MV Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates, hit theaters last week with high expectations. Directed by Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Ultimatum) and starring Tom Hanks as Captain Richard Phillips, the event was a huge mark in US history, becoming the first American cargo ship to be hijacked in two hundred years. The movie has received great reviews and opened the London Film Festival last Wednesday. With the film now in theaters, there has actually been a lot of controversy coming out about the plot details, originating from annonymous crew members who have been claiming that the real Captain Phillips was not as heroic as the film made out. Phillips has come out to news outlets to talk about the film and the claims of his cowardice and lack of concern, but there have been no complaints regarding Hanks’ performance or Greengrass’ style of directing. Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity hit theaters the same week to equally impressive reviews, but this one seems to be slightly ahead of Captain Phillips, but I can’t be the judge all the time: go out and see for yourself!!
Oliver Stone has developed a well known reputation as a director who sticks to real-life influence. He has brought such films as The Doors, JFK, Nixon, Platoon, Alexander, and World Trade Center to the big screen, and won the Oscar in 1990 for Best Director for Born On The Fourth Of July. So it’s no surprise that his next project would be a biopic about the late Civil Rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., potentially starring Jamie Foxx in the lead role as King. Foxx proved himself an agile and noteworthy actor in 2004 with his portrayal of Ray Charles in the biopic by Taylor Hackford, and with the King family supporting the film (much as Ray Charles and his family was behind the Taylor Hackford project), Stone may get to make his movie sooner than he thought. Several attempts have already been made to get a King biopic underway, including a film from The Bourne Ultimatum and Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass, but stories and plot lines have been rejected and the King family is clearly more in favor of a film that shines a positive light on the famous figure instead of a script that may be more “honest” in some aspects of his life. I’ve never been a huge fan of Stone’s films, but Foxx would make a good choice to portray King. Forrest Whitacker’s name has also been tossed around, so we’ll see what happens.
Director Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity is set to hit theaters this week. Starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, the film has received excellent reviews and has been one of the fall’s highly anticipated releases following its stays at the Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. Following Gravity, the fact-based thriller Captain Phillips, from Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass, is coming out October 11th. Starring Tom Hanks in the role of real life captain Richard Phillips, whose cargo ship, the MV Maersk Alabama, was hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009, the film is also expected to a major hit for the fall season. You can watch the full trailer for Captain Phillips here on MADE. The film hits theaters on Friday, October 11th.
Ever since the 2013 Comic Con announcement in San Diego that Zack Snyder would be working on a Batman vs Superman movie for the Man of Steel sequel, nonstop gossip has hit Hollywood about who should play Batman? Will Christian Bale come back for the role? Should a young actor who can continue the role in a Justice League movie should be chosen? Now reports have indicated that the studios are looking to cast a more middle-aged actor to play the part; someone who can portray a veteran hero who has already been to hell and back again and isn’t going to fuck around with any bullshit. Names such as Josh Brolin and Gerard Butler are being tossed around, but no official announcement has been made.
At this point Matt Damon would even be a good contender. Damon has recently said that he would not be returning to the upcoming fifth Bourne movie from Universal unless director Paul Greengrass was coming back. The Bourne Legacy, which was released 2012, brought in an impressive $276 million, but was not focused on the Bourne character that Damon portrayed. Instead Jeremy Renner played a new character, Aaron Cross, who was also an agent in the same program Bourne had been in.
In other news, 2 Guns, which opened Thursday night to $1.3 million, has so far brought in a total of $10 million with Friday night showings, pretty impressive for an action/comedy these days!