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Universal Takes Aim At More Bourne
Ted also targeted for a sequel

14 September 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Given that Seth McFarlane’s first proper foray into filmmaking, Ted, has proven to be such a huge success (to the tune of $395 million worldwide), it’s perhaps not all that shocking that Universal is more than willing to say “I love you!” to more from the pot-happy, foul-mouthed Boston bear. Now the boss of NBCUniversal, Steve Burke has indicated that the company is itching to get one made as soon as possible.

Ted isn’t the only film likely to spawn a sequel. Speaking at a media, communications and technology conference in LA, Burke also mentioned that the studio expects to work on more Bourne films to follow Legacy.

Of course, Ted is in the hands of McFarlane, who admitted he hadn’t thought about a sequel yet but was open to the idea. It’ll naturally depend on him carving out time from his already busy schedule of overseeing / voicing three cartoon series, and his side trips into warbling. Plus, he’ll have to find a decent story in order to bring back Mark Wahlberg.

And while the latest Bourne outing hasn’t been quite the success that the studio hoped for ($182 million worldwide to date), the executives clearly think there’s enough interest to sustain more, most likely with Jeremy Renner in the lead (unless they find a way to bring Matt Damon back into the fold). The next question is who’ll be in charge of it. We’d expect Tony Gilroy to be involved in some fashion…


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Let it go already!
Jesus Christ, let it go already, Hollywood! The last film sucked. It was a perfect trilogy with Matt Damon, leave it the fuck alone now and go and do something original! Grrrr.... More

Posted by Madhava at 18:17 on 01 October 2012 | Report This Post

Doug Liman!!!!!
Said it before and will say it again.....everybody forgets that Doug Liman directed the first Bourne and did a bang-up job of it. Get HIM back and perhaps it would convice Matt Damon to have another go. If not, with DL at the helm, you'd still be guaranteed another decent crack at it.... More

Posted by DouglasW at 13:03 on 14 September 2012 | Report This Post

Should have followed the books more closely...
The Bourne films would have been so much better (and they were great BTW) if they had stuck with the main focal point of the books. Carlos the Jackal. Honestly, he could have been one of the greatest antagonists in Cinema history. The treadstone issue was great for what it was, but like the books, it should have only been a side issue for Bourne.... David Webb.... Delta. More

Posted by petewasbristol at 12:54 on 14 September 2012 | Report This Post

Should have followed the books more closely...
The Bourne films would have been so much better (and they were great BTW) if they had stuck with the main focal point of the books. Carlos the Jackal. Honestly, he could have been one of the greatest antagonists in Cinema history. The treadstone issue was great for what it was, but like the books, it should have only been a side issue for Bourne.... David Webb.... Delta. More

Posted by petewasbristol at 12:50 on 14 September 2012 | Report This Post

YAY for Bourne, but BOO for Ted 2
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Posted by bereski at 12:01 on 14 September 2012 | Report This Post

Legacy NOT Impressive
Extremely disappointed with Bourne Legacy. Tony Gilroy should sit out of the next installment and let Greengrass run the show. As talented as Renner is for an actor. He will not in my view garner enough of an audience for the Bourne franchise. Hopefully, the Ludlum family and the movie execs can convince Matt Damon to make another go of it. Cheers. More

Posted by Steam Roller at 03:12 on 14 September 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Universal Takes Aim At More Bourne
Going out on a limb here but I'm guessing there will be a lot of running, people shooting at a rogue spy and CIA types will scowl at computer screens. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 00:37 on 14 September 2012 | Report This Post

YAY for Ted, but BOO for not-Bourne Bourne
Ted is one of the best comedies in years (although there were a few too many close ties with his Family Guy brethren) so delighted it's getting a sequel. Not so happy there will be more Cross Bournes, as Legacy was dull and very tedius. More

Posted by Taz69 at 23:23 on 13 September 2012 | Report This Post

hmmmmmm
ill admit TED was the suprise of the summer but i get the feeling uni versal are only thinking money money money, I am suprised that they are considering Bourne 5 but UNI heres the deal deliver a great big apology cake to Matt Damon & Greengrass and get them back! More

Posted by leemours84 at 22:43 on 13 September 2012 | Report This Post

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