Alrighty then, time for some quick film news! There hasn’t been much talk about the next Bourne film for a while even though I’m sure that Universal Studios were going ahead with another entry in the series, but no we have some new info regarding the next entry. The following information comes from IGN:
“Universal Pictures has enlisted one of their most successful franchise directors to take over the reigns of Bourne 5.
Deadline reports that Fast and the Furious sequel director Justin Lin has come aboard to helm the next installment of the studio’s espionage action series. Lin will also produce the film along with Frank Marshall, Ben Smith, and Jeffrey Weiner.
Jeremy Renner’s protagonist Aaron Cross will return for the fifth movie, which will be scripted by Sherlock Holmes’ Anthony Peckham.
No word yet if Renner’s Bourne Legacy love interest Rachel Weisz will also return or if Matt Damon might reprise his titular role as Jason Bourne and team up with Renner’s new hero.”
Okay, now we have Justin Lin, director of the last few Fast & Furious films and most recently The Conjuring, who will now helm Bourne 5? Interesting… However, I assume with this announcement it is safe to assume that the fifth Bourne film is still going ahead right? WEAK! No offence to Jeremy Renner or anyone involved with making The Bourne Legacy, but that was not a very good film, especially in comparison to the Matt Damon instalments. But more so than that, Legacy failed to do anything truly special or unique to make it feel like an action thriller worth remembering. So when I heard another one was going ahead I can’t say I was jumping for joy.
The last Bourne entry was hardly anything worth talking about, so I don’t have much anticipation for another instalment.
Now maybe the writers could come up with a better story or adapt one of the books properly this time and give us a solid entry. But in truth I want this series to end. Unless Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass was involved in some capacity, otherwise I just want Bourne to end its film series. I can’t see things getting better than what we got from 2001-2007. And while I think Justin Lin is a pretty good director who know how to handle action and cinematography, I can’t see him taking on this film and making it the best entry yet (which is something I think this series would have to strive for to be relevant again).
All I ever needed was just this trilogy, it was solid, it was perfect, there was NO need for another. But hey money talks, film studios are greedy and I know nothing so that’s why franchises go on longer than they need to.
In conclusion, whether I like it or not, it looks like Universal are still going ahead with another Bourne film and while they have found a decent director, I can’t really see this series getting any better. But hey I could always be wrong.