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Universal taps Andrew Baldwin to write Justin Lin's Bourne flick

05.09.2014

Despite the news that Matt Damon would be willing to return to the world of Bourne with Paul Greengrass in tow, Universal is moving full steam ahead with a sequel to THE BOURNE LEGACY with Justin Lin at the helm and Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross front and center. Lin has more than earned his spurs by taking the Fast and Furious away from it's illegal street racing roots and catapulting it into the summer action film stratosphere. My bet is that Universal is hoping he can do with Bourne what was done with Furious, and keep that money train riding off into the sunset. I'm hip to see what Lin can bring to table, and that's what brings us to Andrew Baldwin.

No, he's not the fifth Baldwin brother you've just never heard of. If you were to head on over to his IMDb page, things are looking a little bare. That's going to change over the next year, as he has several projects in the works. Namely, THE OUTSIDER and BASTILLE DAY (which Idris Elba is currently attached to). While Tony Gilroy had been attached to the previous four screenplays of the Bourne franchise, I suppose Universal feels it's time to shake things up a bit. Baldwin will be taking the writing reigns over from Anthony Peckham (SHERLOCK HOLMES), who was originally slated to pen the latest Bourne installment.

Justin Lin's Bourne flick, starring Jeremy Renner, is currently set for a August 14, 2015 release date.

If they'd like to bring back Rachel Weisz . . . I'd be okay with that.

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Extra Tidbit: How do you feel so far about another Renner Bourne flick? Would you rather just get back to the Matt Damon stuff?
Source: Variety

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4:09PM on 05/09/2014
I don't get this. Is there any demand for this movie? And with Fast And Furious guy? Why? I don't get it...
I don't get this. Is there any demand for this movie? And with Fast And Furious guy? Why? I don't get it...
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3:05PM on 05/09/2014

ugh..!

No disrepect to Lin but I think this will spell the end of the Bourne franchise if he goes ahead because these movies are a 'thinking man's action flicks' as in more focus on the plot with the action scenes as a bonus not mindless popcorn joyrides!

I don't want to see a stupid CGI action sequence where Aaron Cross ramps a car 20m into the air, jump out (not before cutting out the air-bag as a parachute), fire two uzis, land on passing bus/train, kick some random dude of his DucatiŽ then
No disrepect to Lin but I think this will spell the end of the Bourne franchise if he goes ahead because these movies are a 'thinking man's action flicks' as in more focus on the plot with the action scenes as a bonus not mindless popcorn joyrides!

I don't want to see a stupid CGI action sequence where Aaron Cross ramps a car 20m into the air, jump out (not before cutting out the air-bag as a parachute), fire two uzis, land on passing bus/train, kick some random dude of his DucatiŽ then speed off in a cloud of tyre screeching smoke while doing a wheelie.

No. No. F**k NO!! (PG13 emphasis)
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12:17PM on 05/09/2014
My family and I watched the last Bourne movie. We all have starkly different tastes in film, but we all love the Bourne franchise for some reason (probably the travelogue nature of it). Anyway, none of us liked The Bourne Legacy. We liked Renner, we liked Weisz, but overall we felt it was lacking in the intelligence and cleverness departments the way the Damon movies excelled. It felt a little too rote, a little too "filler sequel", which makes some sense, in hindsight. Hopefully this one makes
My family and I watched the last Bourne movie. We all have starkly different tastes in film, but we all love the Bourne franchise for some reason (probably the travelogue nature of it). Anyway, none of us liked The Bourne Legacy. We liked Renner, we liked Weisz, but overall we felt it was lacking in the intelligence and cleverness departments the way the Damon movies excelled. It felt a little too rote, a little too "filler sequel", which makes some sense, in hindsight. Hopefully this one makes Renner's run a formidable, if not worthy companion piece to the Damon editions.
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12:25PM on 05/09/2014
Amen, bro. You just summed up my feelings on Legacy and my hopes for the sequel perfectly.
Amen, bro. You just summed up my feelings on Legacy and my hopes for the sequel perfectly.
3:05PM on 05/09/2014
Agree.
Agree.
1:17PM on 05/15/2014
Agreed. Super agents? You don't need to add genetic engineering as a plot device to enhance a successful formula. Or add aliens and a crystal skull... Or jump sharks of any kind. Keep it simple. Both the Fast... And Riddick franchises do best when the plot is simple, and smart in its simplicity.
Agreed. Super agents? You don't need to add genetic engineering as a plot device to enhance a successful formula. Or add aliens and a crystal skull... Or jump sharks of any kind. Keep it simple. Both the Fast... And Riddick franchises do best when the plot is simple, and smart in its simplicity.
11:40AM on 05/09/2014
The Bourne series needs to stay smart. No offence to Justin Lin (loved his work on the recent Fast and Furious films) but I hope he keeps things clever in this one.
The Bourne series needs to stay smart. No offence to Justin Lin (loved his work on the recent Fast and Furious films) but I hope he keeps things clever in this one.
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11:32AM on 05/09/2014
Bourne Legacy was a solid film, but could have been better. I understand that it was a new character in a new set of films from the same franchise, but I just felt like there was too much story and not enough action to go along with it like it was perfectly combined in The Bourne Identity. I'm all for fleshed out complex characters, but considering it was a Bourne film I was hoping for a bit more action to go along with the storytelling.

Looking forward to the sequel though.
Bourne Legacy was a solid film, but could have been better. I understand that it was a new character in a new set of films from the same franchise, but I just felt like there was too much story and not enough action to go along with it like it was perfectly combined in The Bourne Identity. I'm all for fleshed out complex characters, but considering it was a Bourne film I was hoping for a bit more action to go along with the storytelling.

Looking forward to the sequel though.
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