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11 November 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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He made the studio a lot of money by revving the Fast & Furious franchise to new heights, so we suppose it’s not too surprising that Universal would hand the Bourne franchise to Justin Lin.

The director, who has previously been attached to such bubbling franchises as the new Terminator and Highlander films, doesn’t seem like the most obvious choice to leap from the wildly OTT world of Dominic Toretto and co to the (slightly) more reality-based Bourne series, but the studio must be hoping he can goose the action quotient and make Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross (for he is apparently still the focus) a more viable action hero.

Regular Bourne writer (and Legacy director) Tony Gilroy told Empire’s podcast that he wouldn’t be back for this new film. And indeed, whatever it ends up being called the fifth Bourne outing has a script by Sherlock Holmes’ Anthony Peckham. According to Deadline, Universal is eyeballing a potential summer 2015 release, though quite where it might fit in that crowded schedule is anyone’s guess.


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Try reading the goddamn books!!
they have matured, changed, developed, especially since Lustbader took over, and not by any means lost any of the power and style of the first books! Too many people need to forget about Richard Chamberlain, and give the new stars a chance!! More

Posted by erikthev at 00:59 on 16 November 2013 | Report This Post

Does this mean the Rock's coming too?
Lin and Johnson are both 'franchise viagra' right now, so maybe we'll see Johnson chasing Renner? Think they should until 2016 though. 2015 is already over. More

Posted by Nicky C at 10:34 on 12 November 2013 | Report This Post

This can't be good, I can't see how this can go anywhere but further downhill, as was previously stated, Gilroy was the only link to the original 3 and even Legacy looked wildly substandard when put up against the original trilogy. It just won't be a Bourne movie, he doesn't have the eye for the gritty realisim and understated violence that agree grass pulled off so well. Watch for shiny loud OTT car chases and in your face dumb action, no thanks. More

Posted by mightybeansprout at 05:12 on 12 November 2013 | Report This Post

I quite enjoyed Legacy.. Thought it got a pretty unfair drubbing from across the board. More

Posted by chris wootton at 12:46 on 11 November 2013 | Report This Post

No more Tony Gilroy...
... no more Bourne. He was the last half-decent link to the original three wasn't he? The fourth was a complete non-event. Universal should be looking to put more money into interesting projects like Caption Phillips instead of trying to flog a dead (or certainly dying) horse. I can't understand all the projects that Justin Lin keeps being offered either. He's just another Brett Ratner! More

Posted by d0m_l at 12:40 on 11 November 2013 | Report This Post

Renner back for Bourne: Yawn Justin Lin to direct: ZZZZZZZZ Bad to worse... More

Posted by jazzyjules63 at 10:11 on 11 November 2013 | Report This Post

The Bourne Redundancy..
Matt Damon is Jason Bourne.We want Matt Damon! More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 00:59 on 11 November 2013 | Report This Post

The Bourne films...
... started with The Bourne Identity and ended with The Bourne Ultimatum, a great Trilogy. They need to change the name of this to reflect Renner's character More

Posted by Workshed at 20:55 on 10 November 2013 | Report This Post

Oh gawd no!
No more, please. More

Posted by nybras at 18:45 on 10 November 2013 | Report This Post

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