If you woke up this morning thinking to yourself, this Monday sure would be a lot more awesome with some sequel updates, you’re in luck. Read on for new details about Jurassic Park 4 and the follow-ups to X-Men: First Class and The Bourne Legacy.
What's Next for The Bourne Franchise?
Producer Frank Marshall caused a bit of an Internet frenzy when he casually mentioned that he’d love to do another Bourne movie wherein Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne character returned and starred alongside Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross.
While it was pretty clear that was wishful thinking and not something etched in film stock, the rumor mutated and some began reporting this was a done deal for Bourne 5. Turns out that’s not the case at all.
Marshall clarified his position while doing press for the new Bourne film’s release. While the producer would still love to have Damon back to team up with Renner, plans are currently to move the series forward by focusing on Renner and costar Rachel Weisz’s characters.
When asked where the franchise was going in the immediate future, Marshall offered up the following:
"Well, I think that all those possibilities are open, but we're gonna follow Jeremy's character. But everything else is wide open. That's the great thing about where we are now, the table is set to go any direction we want to, but we will, for sure, follow Jeremy and Rachel and see what happens."
Looks like those of us hoping to see the two main characters in this franchise team up might have to wait a bit longer than initially anticipated… [via Indiewire]
Jurassic Park 4 in Two Years?
Marshall wasn’t done spilling the beans after he’d updated everyone on the Bourne situation. The producer also gave us a status update on another long-in-development project, Jurassic Park 4. Dino-fans will be pleased to know that it looks like that film is picking up steam and should be stomping into multiplexes sooner rather than later.
When asked about the film, Marshall was surprisingly direct, stating “I think it will be on the screen within two years.”
He went on to add that the film is aiming for a summer 2014 release, that it will be a big-budget popcorn movie, and that it will be a sequel and not a reboot of the franchise or a remake of Steven Spielberg’s original film.
Speaking of Spielberg, he’s closely involved in the film’s development, but he will not return to the director’s chair for this new installment. Guess you really can’t have everything you want after all. [via Collider]
X-Men Sequel to Be Most Ambitious Yet?
Finally, we wrap things up with the latest on the highly anticipated sequel to X-Men: First Class.
Collider caught up with Simon Kinberg at Comic-Con and the producer revealed a few nuggets about how the project is developing and what fans can expect.
While secrecy is still the order of the day, Kinberg did reveal that Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman are hard at work on the script with the hopes of shooting next spring and having the film in theaters by July of 2014.
Kinberg tells the website that the script isn’t finished, but that he fully expects the sequel will be a bigger film than the original.
“I don’t know what the budget’s going to be, we’ve got to finish the script before we have a budget, but I would assume that it is a bigger movie than the last in physical scope, and that we have the license to do that because of the success of First Class.”
A bigger and more involved First Class sequel sounds great to us – we’ll take our X-Men fix any way we can get it. Check out the full interview with Mr. Kinberg below.