"Hey! Pick that up, jerk!!"
With Paul Greengrass being "out this bitch," the stage was set for Tony Gilroy to step in and take the helm on the fourth Bourne film. Matt Damon stated he would standby Greengrass, and walk from the project as well. Since that time, everyone was curious what would become of the franchise. Recast? Reboot? A prequelization? Is that a word?
Today, Gilroy answers the burning question. Matt Damon will not appear in the film, nor will his character be recast. The Bourne Legacy will not feature Jason Bourne whatsoever. Rather, a new agent will be introduced in an effort to expand the Bourne universe and conspiracy. So, like Teen Wolf Too? (Hollywood Elsewhere)
"MEEOOWWW!!!! KITCH!! KITCH!!"
Last fall, it seemed like the Bourne series was sunk when Paul Greengrass pulled a bitchfit and removed himself and star Matt Damon from a fourth Bourne film. That doesn't seem to bother Universal too much. Despite the fact that he directed Duplicity, they've just hired Tony Gilroy to direct the next chapter. Gilroy, of course, wrote each of the previous films as well as the newest script. Not sure if they plan to use Damon, recast, shoot a prequel, or go the tried-and-true route of using a cardboard cut-out. You really can't tell the difference if you shake the camera around enough. (Deadline)
What is this? ‘The Wicker Man‘? Hot on the heels of last week’s True Grit teaser comes the full length jump off. This time around we see a lot more…
True Grit isn't messing around with its new poster. The tag "Punishment Comes One Way or Another" lets you know that sh*t is gonna get real, and real fast. The broadsheet style seems appropriate for the film, and Josh Brolin's name bleeding out is the perfect Coen Bros. touch. Sure, I'll go ahead and check this one out come Christmas. It might be nothing short of awesome.
The teaser for Joel and Ethan Coen's True Grit just rode into town, and it looks like a good one. The action follows Hailee Steinfeld's Mattie Ross as she teams with Jeff Bridges to hunt down the coward that killed her pappy. You might be quick to say that the Coens are trying to recapture the magic of No Country For Old Men, but that I really don't see the similarities. For instance, this teaser keeps it fresh with sun-bleached Western scenery, gunfights, Josh Brolin, and dorky haircuts. Oh.
Check out the teaser after the jump…
Warner Bros has dropped the new trailer for Clint Eastwood‘s Hereafter. It tells the story of three people who are haunted by mortality in different ways. One of them is…
Director: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jay Mohr, Cecile De France, Richard Kind
Synopsis: A supernatural thriller centered on three people — a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London school boy — who are touched by death in different ways.
Release Date: October 22nd, 2010
Safety first. Hello Kitty second.
Steven Soderbergh is gearing up to offend China. The director has decided to dredge up bad SARS memories by setting his next film Contagion in Hong Kong. Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Matt Damon, and Laurence Fishburne have all signed up to come down with a case of the Hong Kong Achooeys in the virus gone wild drama. Hong Kong native Josie Ho has also signed on to play the sister of "Patient Zero" aka that asshole that never buys his own Chapstick. (THR)
Matt Damon is talks to star in director Cameron Crowe's (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire) adaptation of the memoir We Bought a Zoo. Tell us what it's all about, Variety: "Zoo revolves around a widowed father who buys a dilapidated zoo in hopes of making a fresh start. He and his children, along with a small but loyal staff, work to get the zoo reopened."Crowe's last directorial effort was Elizabethtown (faaaaaaart), so everyone's looking for another win from the coming-of-age master of Singles, Say Anything, and Almost Famous. Maybe Crowe should consider Tom Cruise for the part instead of Damon. He pulled a terrific performance out of him in Jerry Maguire, and Lord knows Cruise could use a career boost at the moment. I could totally see him running a zoo. A zoo full of little, angry Tom Cruises that cage walls and insist you keep up the facade that you're his loving and devoted wife.
Tony Gilroy, the screenwriter for the original Bourne trilogy, has signed on to write the treatment for The Bourne Legacy, the planned fourth installment of the franchise. Gilroy joins Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley, who have returned to produce.Despite the positive momentum, not all of the original pieces are in place. Actor Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass have yet to sign on to the project, and Damon has stated that he will only participate if Greengrass directs. Then again, people say a lot of things. My old girlfriend said we'd be together forever, but as soon as she got the starring role in Precious, she dropped me like an empty Taco Bell wrapper. Be careful, Greengrass. It could happen to you! (Deadline)
Welcome to your hangover. The Adjustment Bureau is bringing Philip K. Dick back to the big screen, and in more of a Blade Runner way than a Paycheck way. Matt Damon plays an ambitious politician on the brink of winning a U.S. Senate seat when he meets ballet dancer Emily Blunt. Then sh*t gets unreal. Just as he's realizing he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. The motley crew known as The Adjustment Bureau is led by Roger Sterling of "Mad Men," and it's my asumption that when they're not determining people's fates they're aligning spines in their unstuffy chiropractic practice. It's the place right by the Baskin Robbins. Park on Oak though, there are never any spots on Main. Check out the trailer after the jump. The Adjustment Bureau has orchestrated its release for September 17, 2010.
Whale parkour is the new kite-boarding.A trainer was killed this past Wednesday at Orlando, Florida's Sea World in the jaws of Tilikum, the oldest and largest killer whale in captivity. It should also be known that Tilikum has two priors. From the NY Daily News:Tilikum, whose name means "friend" in the Native American language Chinook, has killed before – always unwittingly.In 1991, a marine biology student and part-time trainer fell into his tank in Canada and was dragged under by Tilikum. The whale and two females blocked her from getting out of the pool and tossed her back and forth in the air between them like a toy.In 1999, there was a case so bizarre it made headlines around the world: A man sneaked into Tilikum's pool at SeaWorld and his naked corpse was found the next day splayed on the whale's back.Wow. Is the soul of a reincarnated killer trapped in that whale's body?Actor Matt Damon makes this article film-relevant by joining the campaign to close Sea World down in the light of this tragedy. He tells Entertainment Tonight:"I think they should just shut them all down. I've never been a fan of places like that." Meh, put all those hard working people on the street. Matt Damon's never been a fan.At any rate, it's unclear what the future holds for Tilikut but the Syfy Channel's Original Movies Department is said to be interested in the whale's talents. Very interested. (via NY Daily News and IMDB)
"Get your own elder-porn!"Universal is eager to put Jason Bourne back on screens but have had some difficulty churning out another amnesia spy thriller. In the three years since The Bourne Ultimatum was released, they've tried to no avail to get a script. Director Paul Greengrass has cut and run and taken Matt Damon with him. So what does a studio do in this situation?If you said "reboot in 3D", you're almost right and there's a job waiting for you at Sony. In the case of Bourne however, the studio may be biding their time with a prequel according to Matt Damon. "There'll probably be a prequel of some kind with another actor and another director before we do another one. Just because I think we're probably another five years away from doing it – we've got to get a script. If you have any ideas, call Universal. They'd love for you to get in touch!"That could be pretty cool actually. We'll get to see Jason Bourne in his spying and parkouring glory. This two big questions though; a) how young will they go? And, b) how do we keep Channing Tatum far away from this project? (Empire)
Matt Damon has a knack for delivering a convincing death blow to the face, chest, elbow, or balls, and it looks like he's maintained his Bourne skills in the new film Green Zone. In the below featurette, Damon and director Paul Greengrass, BFFs forever, give us some details in to the storyline, and discuss what makes a good thriller thrilling. Clearly it's an abundance of ass-kicking and broken necks, but wouldn't you know it, direction and pacing has a big part to do with it too. Someone get McG on the phone! I need to sit him down and show him something…
We reported earlier this week that Paul Greengrass bailed on the fourth Bourne installment after having a falling out with the cash-strapped Universal. Now it appears that Matt Damon is showing some loyalty, and sticking by his director's side.When Screen Junkies caught up with Damon at the Invictus press junket he told us, "I'll wait for him and when he wants to do one, we'll do it." When asked specifically is it Greengrass or no Bourne, the actor went on to say, "I've always said that, but I think it will happen. Just down the road. We don't have a script right now."With Damon holding on tightly to the hand of Greengrass maybe Universal will reach a little deeper into their pockets. Afterall, they need to hold on to the Bourne series like grim death if they plan on eating anything other than Ramen next year.
"And is it true they will honk when I squeeze them?"Director Paul Greengrass has decided he won't aim his shakey, blurry camera at Jason Bourne for a third time. The Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum director has had a falling out with cash-strapped Universal, causing him to walk away from the fourth film. Apparently he is upset that the studio brought in a new screenwriter for the project without his consent and the studio is upset by Greengrass's going way over budget on his current project, Green Zone.Given Matt Damon's loyalty to Greengrass, this could be bad news for Universal. Could we have another Matt Damon freakout on our hands? According to the Playlist, some are citing Greengrass's ghosting as a "typical Paul move" and that he'll return to the project in short order. Another noted, "That's so Paul!", but it was difficult to determine if he was being serious or merely refering to Greengrass's failed Disney sitcom. (The Playlist)
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Director: Clint EastwoodCast: Morgan Freeman, Matt DamonSynopsis: A look at life for Nelson Mandela after the fall of apartheid in South Africa during his first term as president when campaigned to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup event as an opportunity to unite his countrymen.
The first trailer for Paul Greengrass's political thriller Green Zone just hit the web, and boy does it look politically thrilling. The film is set in the chaotic early days of the Iraqi War when no one could be trusted and every decision could detonate unforeseen consequences. Sounds like dramatic conflict abounds! After seeing The Bourne Supremacy there's no doubt that Greengrass can shoot himself an action scene, and Damon can kick ass in said action scene. It doesn't appear that Green Zone will disappoint on these two very crucial fronts.
Director: Paul GreengrassCast: Matt Damon, Greg Kinnear, Amy Ryan, Jason IsaacsSynopsis: A thriller about a pair of CIA agents on the trail of certain Weapons of Mass Destruction and a foreign correspondent following their mission.
Director: Steven SoderberghCast: Matt Damon, Scott Bakula, Patton Oswalt, Joel McHale, Tony HaleSynopsis: The U.S. government decides to go after an agri-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president turned informant Mark Whitacre. And it's a comedy.