The TCA Winter Press Tour is in full swing, and on Thursday, HBO brought out a star-studded line-up of talent that included Queen Latifah for the original movie Bessie, Bryant Gumbel for his sports journalism series Real Sports, the casts of The Brink and Togetherness, and documentary directors Alex Gibney for Sinatra: All or Nothing at All and Andrew Jarecki for The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.
After the panel for the Sinatra documentary, which will be an up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer, executive producer Frank Marshall took some time to chat about some upcoming and possible future features. He talked about getting Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass back to the Bourne franchise because they found a story that everybody responded to, and that Jeremy Renner is still a part of the franchise but there are no plans for a Bourne crossover movie that they’ll be in together. Marshall also talked about not yet knowing the future of Indiana Jones, that there’s been talk about The Goonies 2 but there’s no script yet, and finding the right story for Jurassic World. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
This interview was conducted along with Fred Topel of NerdReport.com:
FRANK MARSHALL: In the franchise, yes.
How big of a challenge was it to get Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass back together, since it sounded like that wouldn’t happen again?
MARSHALL: It was really the challenge of finding the story. If you look back five or six years ago, when we were maybe going on, we just didn’t have a story. It’s taken this long for us to come up with a story that everybody responded to. Now, we’re moving forward.
Since Matt Damon said he was game, if Paul Greengrass would say yes, was it really just about Paul Greengrass saying yes?
MARSHALL: No, it was about both of them responding to a story idea. Now, we’re off and we’re going to go write the script and make it.
Are there still plans for the two to eventually meet and have a movie together?
MARSHALL: We don’t have plans for that. You never know. I never say never. But that’s not the plan. They’re on separate tracks.
Disney has suggested rebooting Indiana Jones, now that they own the franchise. Is that true? Would you still be involved with that?
Does Harrison Ford still want to do one more?
MARSHALL: I don’t know. You’d have to ask her. She just worked with him on that other little franchise (Star Wars). I don’t know. I’m too busy with Jurassic and Bourne and [Sinatra: All or Nothing at All].
Last year, Richard Donner started generating some real buzz about Goonies 2. Is there real heat behind that now?
MARSHALL: It’s in discussion. He’s talked to us about it, and we’ve talked to him. It’s all about the story. We don’t just do sequels to do them. The story has to be there.
So, there isn’t a new script?
MARSHALL: Not yet.
But he wants one?
MARSHALL: Yeah, he’s saying, “Okay, who’s got an idea?”
Obviously, it doesn’t matter how big the fan base is, if there isn’t an idea.
MARSHALL: Yeah, that’s very important. You don’t want to disappoint the fans by just doing a schlocky movie. You want to do a real legitimate movie. It’s not going to be a sequel. In the Amblin spirit of Goonies, that’s what has to be.
MARSHALL: That’s one of the reasons, yeah. It was about story.
And people expect so much more now.
MARSHALL: Oh, they do! I believe that the audience wants to discover the movie in the movie theater. I don’t care what you say, with all of the leaks, I think it’s a spoiler. You want to see Star Wars like you saw Star Wars the first time when you had no idea, or Back to the Future or Goonies or Bourne. You don’t want to know what’s coming.
Jurassic Park was one of those films because you saved the big reveal of the dinosaur for the movie, but that was such a technological breakthrough. Is there another breakthrough you can make on the fourth film?
MARSHALL: Not technologically. You’re right, everybody has seen a dinosaur now, so it can’t be about that. We have to have a good story.