Paul Greengrass Could Direct Leonardo DiCaprio/Jonah Hill Project Before BOURNE 5; LEGACY Sequel Still Moving Forward

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A bombshell was dropped a couple of days ago when news broke that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass are currently in discussions to return to the Bourne franchise, with Greengrass also penning the screenplay.  The prospect of the duo responsible for the brilliant The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum coming back to the series was an exciting one, but it raised a lot of questions about Universal’s other Bourne franchise.  When Damon and Greengrass departed the Bourne series, Universal kept the property alive with The Bourne Legacy, which saw Jeremy Renner playing another agent living and working in the same universe as Bourne.  The film did so-so at the box office, but Universal was happy enough that it began developing a sequel with director Justin Lin to hit theaters in 2016.

When we learned that Greengrass and Damon were talking about returning to the Bourne series, we heard that Universal was also hoping to make that film before the Legacy sequel, taking over the Renner-fronted film’s 2016 release date.  Now some clarity has materialized with regards to the situation, as Greegrass could instead shoot an entirely different movie before Bourne.  More after the jump.

Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass Reuniting for BOURNE 5; LEGACY Sequel Delayed

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Hell has indeed frozen over.  We’ve heard Matt Damon say many, many times that he would only consider returning for Bourne 5 if director Paul Greengrass came back, and we’ve heard Greengrass say many, many times that there was no more creative story left in the world of Jason Bourne.  Now it appears that they’ve stumbled upon an idea worth exploring, as Universal Pictures is currently in the process of making deals for both Damon and Greengrass to reunite on another Bourne picture—their third together.  Moreover, Universal is so bullish on this prospect that the plan is to have this ready in time for release in 2016.  So where does this leave the Bourne Legacy sequel with Jeremy Renner?  More after the jump.

Jeremy Renner Says “There Are Rumblings” of Hawkeye Joining CAPTAIN AMERICA 3; Talks Upcoming Schedule

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It’s no secret that when an actor signs on to star in a Marvel Studios film, his or her contract also contains options to appear in X number of films for the studio.  The number varies from actor to actor (Samuel L. Jackson signed for nine movies, Chris Evans signed for six), but it helps ensure that the folks at Marvel can call on one of their many comic book characters to appear in any combination of films.  Since The Avengers, the team of superheroes has become more close knit, and so it makes sense that they would begin to populate each other’s movies going forward.  In the case of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel opted to have a S.H.I.E.L.D.-heavy sequel with Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Jackson’s Nick Fury playing major roles in the second Cap film.

Production just began on Marvel’s Ant-Man, but the next Marvel film set for release after the Paul Rudd-fronted feature is Captain America 3.  Directors Joe Russo and Anthony Russo are likely fine-tuning the script for the third Cap film as we speak, and when we recently spoke with Jeremy Renner in anticipation of his upcoming film Kill the Messenger, he revealed that there are “rumblings” that Renner’s Hawkeye might have a supporting role in Cap 3.  More after the jump.

BOURNE LEGACY Sequel Set for Release on August 14, 2015; Luc Besson’s LUCY Opens August 8, 2014

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You can add another Bourne film to the massive list of high-profile movies set for release in 2015.  Universal Pictures announced today that the untitled follow-up to The Bourne Legacy will be released on August 14, 2015, where it will open opposite The Smurfs 3.  As previously reported, Fast Five helmer Justin Lin will be directing the new installment with Jeremy Renner reprising his lead role from LegacyAnthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) is penning the screenplay, making this the first Bourne film not written by Tony Gilroy.

Additionally, Universal has dated director Luc Besson’s new action thriller Lucy for August 8, 2014, directly opposite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and one week after Marvel’s Guardians of the GalaxyScarlett Johansson stars as a reluctant drug mule who is transformed into an incredible fighter capable of clairvoyance, telekinesis, and an ability to disregard pain and emotion when one of the designer drugs enters her system.  Unfortunately, she’s also racing against the clock to survive.  Morgan Freeman also stars.  For a refresher on just how packed the 2015 release calendar is, hit the jump.

Matt Damon and Director Paul Greengrass May Be Returning to the BOURNE Franchise [UPDATED]

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The Bourne franchise could be getting its groove back.  Last month, Universal Pictures confirmed that it was moving forward with another film in the Bourne series, as the studio hired Sherlock Holmes and Invictus screenwriter Anthony Peckham to pen the script for another Bourne movie.  It was believed that the script was intended to further the adventures of Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross character from The Bourne Legacy, as original star Matt Damon has been reluctant to return without The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass.  Well, it’s possible that something may have been worked out, as a new report claims that both Damon and Greengrass are now in talks to return to the franchise.  Hit the jump for more.

[Update: Sources from Universal are now telling Variety that there is "no truth" to the rumor that Damon and Greengrass are in negotiations to return.  Not exactly an official denial, so something could very well be up.]

THE BOURNE LEGACY Follow-Up Moving Forward with Screenwriter Anthony Peckham

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Universal is making headway on its follow-up to the 2012 pseudo-spinoff The Bourne Legacy, as a screenwriter has been tapped to further the adventures of Jeremy Renner’s chems-obsessed Aaron Cross.  While Universal announced that it was “actively working” on a new Bourne film a few months ago, Deadline reports that Sherlock Holmes and Invictus screenwriter Anthony Peckham has been brought on to write the script for another Bourne movie.  While Universal would obviously love to bring Matt Damon back into the fold, this follow-up is designed to continue Cross’ story; it would appear that Damon is still reluctant to return.  Hit the jump for more.

Universal Aiming for 2015 Release for SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN 2; “Actively Working” on Next BOURNE

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Universal Pictures made its presentation to theater owners today at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and Steve was onhand to get a look at what Universal has planned in the near future.  While he’ll have his recap of the footage online a bit later, we wanted to share a couple of news tidbits that were announced during the panel which include updates on the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel and the next Bourne film.  Hit the jump for more.

Universal Considering IDENTITY THIEF and MAMA Sequels; Hopes to Release FIFTY SHADES OF GREY in Summer 2014

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Universal Pictures had a pretty impressive 2012 despite the high-profile bomb Battleship.  The R-rated comedy Ted has now raked in over $500 million worldwide, and with a sequel already in development, Universal is looking to tee up a couple of other franchises in the near future.  Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson recently sat down for an interview in which he revealed that the studio is actively developing a sequel to this year’s comedy hit Identity Thief, they’re working on a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel without director Rupert Sanders, they hope to make more Bourne movies, and they’re looking to get the anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation in theaters by Summer 2014.  He also talked a bit about their approach to the Van Helsing reboot.

Moreover, a separate report has surfaced claiming that Universal is also eyeing a potential franchise for last month’s horror film Mama, though the pic’s director isn’t exactly keen on expanding the premise into a sequel.  Hit the jump to read on.

Matt Damon Says It’s Unlikely He’ll Play Jason Bourne Again

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When it was first announced that the Bourne franchise would be undergoing a reboot without Matt Damon or the Jason Bourne character, fans wondered whether this meant the end of Damon’s Bourne films.  The actor remained optimistic that he could eventually return to the series one day with director Paul Greengrass, who helmed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, so everyone remained optimistic that we’d see a proper sequel to Ultimatum someday.  Screenwriter Tony Gilroy took over directing duties for the spin-off of sorts, The Bourne Legacy, setting up a story that overlapped with the events of Ultimatum but focused on a new character played by Jeremy Renner who had an obsessive fixation on chems.

Throughout the development of Legacy, Damon still maintained that he might return to the franchise at some point, and Gilroy made it clear that he hoped to team Damon and Renner up in a future installment.  Well now all of that seems unlikely, as Damon recently revealed that he probably won’t be reprising the Jason Bourne character again.  Hit the jump for more.

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