Weekly news round-up: Jason Bourne, Snatch and Sundance London


by Phil de Semlyen |
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This week, in news: Jason Bourne was back this week with a new trailer that takes him to London. Will he be stopping in at Sundance London along the way for some indie goodness? He'll find UK premieres, as well as some Empire curated classics, to pique the interest of the most muscle-bound cineaste. Look out too for news from the DC-verse and the hire of a new director for the Jurassic World sequel.

Defoe de-foes in the DC universe

Zack Snyder’s two-part Justice League, so painstakingly groundworked in Batman v Superman, is on its way with Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and co in tow. To that little lot, add Willem Defoe. The former Green Goblin in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man has switched sides to join the good guys in this one, joining J.K. Simmons and Amy Adams in the non-superpowered, civilian camp. We don’t know who he’ll be playing yet, but he’ll be probably authoratitive and gravelly of voice.

Sundance returns to London

Sundance, Robert Redford’s indie jamboree, has come a long way since its first Utah festival nearly 40 years ago. Specifically, it’s climbed down the mountain, boarded a small ship and landed in London’s fair shores to spread the word of alternative, art-house and small-budget movies to us Brits. It’s back at the Picturehouse Central on June 2 with a hand from Empire Magazine. This week the full Sundance London line-up was announced, included three classics introduced by the team here. Read all about it here.

Seven up

The trailer for Antoine Fuqua’s new take on The Magnificent Seven [has everything you’d expect](http://www.empireonline.com/people/denzel-washington/see-denzel-washington-chris-pratt-gang-new-magnificent-seven-images/

): horses, punching, nasty villains, helpless villagers, six-shooters, cowboys and just a hint of magnificence. What it didn’t have was all seven heroes. Instead, Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington got the lion’s share of the screen time as a pair of grizzled gunslingers. Peter Sarsgaard, meanwhile, looks suitably dastardly as the bad guy. Will it live up to John Sturges’ glorious original? High noon falls on September 23.

Blade Runner moves forward

Once planned to land in our cinemas on January 2018, [Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner sequel will now be arriving three months earlier](http://www.empireonline.com/people/ryan-gosling/blade-runner-sequel-moves-forward-2017-release/

). Villeneuve’s paymasters at Alcon Entertainment have cranked up the deadline pressure, meaning that we’ll be dreaming of electric sheep again in a little over 17 months. Ridley Scott will still be overseeing things in a producer capacity, although he’ll need to juggle that with the (roughly) 146 other projects he has on the go.

Snatch on TV

D'ya like dags? If so, you’ll be happy to hear that [there’s a TV version of Snatch on the way](http://www.empireonline.com/movies/snatch/ready-snatch-tv-series/

) - if it’s anything like the movie, it’ll have plenty of ‘em. Sony’s telly arm is taking Guy Ritchie's heist comedy as a springboard into a longer form storyline set in the same cock-er-knee universe of motors, shooters and a massive pile of gold loot. It’ll feature an entirely new cast of rogues, scallywags and dags. Can it replicate the success of FX’s Fargo or will it go the way of Channel 4’s Lock, Stock spin-off? Beats us, guv.

Jurassic World 2 goes Spanish

A gifted director with pedigree across smaller genre fare (The Orphanage) and bigger, more effects-heavy studio movies (The Impossible), J.A. Bayona seems the perfect pick for Jurassic World 2. He can do scary bits, intimate bits and has plenty of aptitude for reviving long-dead entities in a thriller, if more-than-slightly scary way. Producer Frank Marshall and former director, now producer Colin Trevorrow announced the news on Twitter.

Vegas baby! Bourne is back in a new trailer

Jason Bourne doesn’t have it easy. The ex-assassin was finding retirement anything but relaxing in [this week's new trailer for the new Matt Damon/Paul Greengrass team-up](http://www.empireonline.com/people/matt-damon/matt-damon-jason-bourne-back-run-new-trailer/

). It afforded more of a look at the bad guy – Vincent Cassel – and more action as Bourne seems to run over Las Vegas in a massive truck. Head here for a look at everyone’s favourite walking identity crisis as he gets back to doing what he does best: weeding out corruption and punching it in the face.

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