Universal Pictures to Push “Franchises and Animation” with Sequels to FAST AND THE FURIOUS, BOURNE and TED, While Aiming for Two Animated Films a Year

     September 13, 2012

bourne-legacy-sequel-ted-2-sequel-slice

It looks like Universal Pictures is planning to firm up its film slate by focusing on franchises and animation over the next few years.  One of the most successful franchises to date started with The Fast and the Furious, which continues to hold strong (Fast Six is due May 24th, 2013).  Universal also plans on going ahead with sequels to this summer’s The Bourne Legacy, which starred Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz, as well as a follow-up to Seth MacFarlane’s Ted, with Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. They’re also getting ambitious on the animated front by expecting to crank out two films a year, versus their current rate of two every three years.  Hit the jump for more.

Seth-MacFarlane-Ted-sequelTHR reports that NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke is moving foward with his “franchises and animation” initiative.  In order to increase the financial stability of Universal Pictures, the studio will lean heavily on those two facets.  On the animation front, Burke touted the success of Despicable Me and said that the plan was for the studio to “eventually” put out two animated films a year.
On the live-action franchise front, the aforementioned Fast and Furious films have become a mainstay for the studio.  The Bourne Legacy continues another older franchise with a somewhat fresh injection earlier this year.  Burke said we should expect the studio to work on more films on that front.  In more recent original efforts, the live-action and computer-generated blend seen in Ted will likely be seen again in a sequel.  Burke was quoted as telling his team he wants to get to work on the follow-up “as soon as he can.”

the-bourne-legacy-international-poster

Around The Web

Latest News

Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley Talk VACATION, Impressive Cameos & More

The writer/directors talk about their directorial debut which is now in theaters.

New Hi-Res BATMAN V SUPERMAN Images Feature Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent

Gal Gadot also gets a new stylish image showing off her Diana Prince character.

James Ponsoldt Talks THE END OF THE TOUR, Financing Challenges, His Shooting Style and More

Ponsoldt also discusses telling the story from David Lipsky's eyes but also conveying David Foster Wallace's perspective.

New Posters for BLACK MASS Starring Johnny Depp and SICARIO Starring Emily Blunt

'Black Mass' and 'Sicario' will both play at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening in theaters on September 18, 2015.

Collider Movie Talk: Is Channing Tatum Leaving GAMBIT?

On today's episode of Collider Movie Talk, the crew discusses Channing Tatum possibly leaving 'Gambit', the trailers for 'The Night Before' and '13 Hours', 'Wonder Woman', and more.

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL Revisited: “Mission: Accomplished!”

Brad Bird’s film gets 'Mission: Impossible' right by building a team around everything going wrong.

FANTASTIC FOUR Featurette: Department of Defense Makes Plans for the “Assets”

"From tragedy comes opportunity ..."

GHOSTBUSTERS: Chris Pratt/Channing Tatum Spinoff May Be Moving Forward

The interconnected 'Ghostbusters' universe may be happening after all.

Watch: Simon Pegg Returns as Drunk Ron Weasley for Harry Potter’s Birthday

Poor Ron.

SPOTLIGHT Trailer: Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams Expose Catholic Church Sex Abuse

The true story drama revolves around the Boston Globe journalists who rocked the world with their investigation.

Page 1 of 4,06512345...102030...Last »