‘Bourne 5′ and ‘Snow White’ Sequel Updates; ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ in Summer 2014?

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Universal took in more box office revenue globally during 2012 than any other year in its 100-year history, between movies exceeding expectations (Ted), proving to be moderate successes (Snow White and the Huntsman, Bourne Legacy) and even a few stumbling domestically, but turning out more popular with the foreign crowd (Battleship). Hence, studio heads are prioritizing sequels to those films – save for the Hasbro board game adaptation.

Mark Wahlberg is saying that Ted 2 should begin production before the year is out, but Bourne 5 and the Snow White sequel have been running in place for more than eight months. Universal chairman Adam Fogelson recently spoke about those blockbusters in the making, in addition to shedding light on plans for what could be the start of a lucrative trilogy: the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

Here’s what Fogelson offered THR on Bourne 5:

The point of the last movie was to create a universe, a world and characters that give us a lot of freedom and flexibility in how we go forward. Yeah, the movie didn’t perform the way the last one did. It also didn’t cost what the last one did. It performed more along the lines of how the first one did. I absolutely see us doing more Bourne, 100 percent yes.”

Of course, the big question on (most) everyone’s mind about Bourne 5 is whether Matt Damon will be coming back to join Bourne Legacy stars Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz. Damon has spoken time and time again about the importance of re-incorporating the Jason Bourne character without it being forced, but Fogelson isn’t making that issue a deal-breaker (for obvious reasons):

“Matt has talked about the possibility of coming back, and we totally respect that and are excited if and when he wants to have conversations. But I think the last movie gave us a big bunch of options to pursue a next chapter.”

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The Snow White and the Huntsman followup is a project where there’s been a lot of back-and-forth, with regard to where it’s going. Even before the first movie made its way into theaters, we were hearing about plans for the sequel to center more on the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth). However, that tune changed, after the highly-publicized affair between actress Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders.

Fogelson offered a carefully-worded update as follows:

“We’re actively developing the [sequel] right now with Kristen’s character central, as well as the Huntsman role. We think that for a first movie out of the gate to do basically $400 million worldwide, there is a lot of opportunity. I don’t think Rupert is pursuing the next Snow White as a directing opportunity.”

Last year, Sanders was in consideration to direct the Van Helsing reboot which Universal is developing for Tom Cruise to headline. Meanwhile, Steven Spielberg’s decision to postpone filming Robopocalypse has left an opening in Hemsworth’s schedule, which he was quick to fill with Michael Man’s new thriller. However, if Universal gets the ball rolling faster on the Snow White sequel, it could be ready to go when Hemsworth is free again – that is, before he sets to working on a higher-priority blockbuster, in the shape of Marvel’s The Avengers 2.

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Lastly, Fogelson was questioned about concerns that the studio is moving too fast on a Fifty Shades of Grey movie, emulating Summit’s approach to churning out Twilight installments as quickly as possible (a fitting comparison, given the novel’s origins):

“I certainly understand why some people might take that point of view. But I don’t believe that [author E.L. James] had any interest in going to a studio where rushing it into production was the vision. I don’t believe that the second or third film would have benefited from that strategy. And I think that there are totally legitimate questions about what this book is as a movie.”

The way screenwriter Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) talks about the project, it sounds as though it might be impossible to avoid getting an NC-17 Rating, but Universal seems more likely to insist on an R-Rated theatrical cut (and save all the really naughty stuff for DVD and Blu-ray). For now though, the search is on to find a director, with Fogelson saying there are “talented, serious filmmakers” in talks; though, heavily-rumored candidate Angelina Jolie is not among them.

He also said:

“I will tell you that it is an absolute priority for us. It’s conceivable that we could be ready to release it as early as next summer.”

How about it – which of these Universal projects are you most/least interested in? Let us know in the comments section.

Source: THR

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  1. glad to hear a new bourne movies coming. i’m a big fan of the franchise. it’s true the last one wasn’t quite as good as previous installments but hopefully they’ve learned from their mistakes.

    • Matt Damon has made it clear that his willingness to return in the role of Jason Bourne is wedded to his working under the direction of Paul Greengrass. Without a script worthy of adjunct with the standing trilogy, and with no mention of Greengrass (which will hinge on said script), it’s doubtful Damon will proffer a second-coming to the role. And probably why the Universal exec was chewing his reply around the edges.

  2. I still upset that the Snow White & the Huntsman sequel still has that UNTALENTED whiny self-absorbed brat (Kristen Stewart) in it. :(

    • Agreed! She was the worst thing about the first one. She bored me to sleep on several occasions.

    • I just don’t get all the Kristen Stewart hate. I feel kinda sorry for everyone involved in the Twilight films. She was okay in SWATH. (IMO)

    • I finally took the opportunity to watch SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and found the film lively, well-crafted, entertaining and satisfying; surprising, also, that the choice here was not to bring the titular characters into a conjugal relationship. An action-adventure movie that avoided the maudlin resolution of a love story, and yet the two leading protagonists show natural affection for one another.

      However, logically, I do not see a sequel to this film unless it is forced. While the fairytale it’s based upon concludes “happily ever after”, historically for those times it could never be so…the tale itself has no sequel; all the studio has is history, which means a movie sequel’s narrative will bear no relationship whatsoever to the preceding, so will be just a movie apart from the fable.

      Will people pay another $400,000,000 to go see these two characters in essentially an unrelated movie? Since Hollywood is actually Vegas (and the box office an ATM)….

  3. Reading his comment

    But I think the last movie gave us a big bunch of options to pursue a next chapter.”

    Sounds like a real ass to me ! What he practically says is we don’t need him anymore ! Used him,then dropped him ! All for the Money !

    • @ios,

      Why is he an ass for having an “all for the money” attitude? He is in charge of a business. Also, its not like they would be breaking a contract with Renner or Weisz? Is Damon an ass for not doing a fourth Bourne film then?

      Also, nowhere does he say they won’t use Renner. I think he was more indicating that they could continue with Renner-centric stories or incorporate Jason in, or hire a new actor to play Jason.

    • I thought so as well.

    • That’s precisely what he is saying…and what studio suits do. You have to be an a**hole if you want to succeed in that business; it’s a requirement. But this can be said about many other businesses and, given the economic crunch (despite the waste of so much money), it is especially said about movie-making decisions.

  4. Bourne 4 was way off the mark so I don’t expect much from Bourne 5.
    Snow White and the Huntsman was also poor, the special effects were good but a second film doesn’t promise much. It will just be as bad as Hansel & Grettel.
    50 Shades of Grey… will be all pubilicity and light porn.
    Van Helsing might be interesting with Cruise and looking foward to Robopocalyse has a great name and Speilberg attached, so that should be good.

    • I’ve learned my lesson and will not be forking over any more money to a ‘Bourne’ movie that doesn’t have Damon in it. He has the muscle to guarantee quality. Legacy was an insultingly stupid follow-up to what had until then been a wonderful series.

      • Agreed. The Renner character had ZERO going for him. Completely unsympathetic, with poor stunts and a laughable ‘give me the drugs storyline’. The first three were classics. Without Matt Damon I’m done.

      • The first three films were not called “The Man from B.O.U.R.N.E.” whereby Jeremy Renner could just step in.

        A movie that is a sequel to the BOURNE trilogy should be a “continuation”, not an affiliated product.

        Renner in the role of someone other than “Jason Bourne” bears no relationship to the trilogy, and using “Bourne” in the title of same is false advertising.

  5. Well I’m excited about Snow White sequel I really loved the first despite Stewart as snow. But hemsworth continues to impress in everything he’s in.

    And bring on more Bourne! I was a huge fan of the trilogy and really enjoyed legacy. Renner was a great cast and I can’t wait to see more. Maybe even a team up would be cool.

  6. Universal has a great opportunity to develop more books into movies now that other studios have focused so much money on sequel, Comic, and game adaptations. If they play it smart they could strategically cash in on those who will be looking for relief from the fare that will be out in force in theaters for the next four years…

  7. BOURNE did well overseas as foreign markets are less discriminating than American moviegoers; the suits at Universal are not looking at ticket sales, only cash-money, Honey. The top 50 films of 2012 all did pretty good business overseas; it’s almost a given. These sales (as is the case with Jenner’s BOURNE) will dictate “to sequel or not to sequel.” Matt Damon’s return, clearly, would be more appreciated domestically but his participation is not necessary in feeding the Universal beast its box office. Too bad, because I’m certain Damon would bring a quality (thereby more value) to the proceedings that was either missed or ignored in BOURNE 4, which was derivative and relying almost entirely upon the trilogy that preceded it. (Jenner doesn’t have that “muscle”, yet.)

    SNOW WHITE will be facing more “earnest” fairytale-to-film movies, a virtually endless stream…so focus on the “Huntsman” is the better idea but, here again, you got that overseas crowd that will pay to see…so….

    50 SHADES will be a disappointment here in the U.S. for those who read the book, if the rating amounts to a so-called “hard R”. It’s an NC-17 flick; either Universal put it in release as an “art house” indulgence or release it directly to VOD/DVD in its eventual NC-17 version. (Still and all, there’s those unaccounted for dollars they can collect at the U.S. wickets, so a damn good chance they’re going to go ahead and piss those readers off.

    Just to comment:

    VAN HELSING with Cruise should be “cool” if not a blockbuster in the U.S.

    ROBOPOCALYPSE feels like one of those on-again-off-again Spielberg films unable to close the gap between development and principal photography–or ultimately given to another (Spielberg-esque) director, for which he is known to do more often than actually making a film. After LINCOLN, something called ROBOPOCALYPSE seems like Spielberg doing MINORITY REPORT after something like SCHINDLER’S LIST, if you get my drift: Something he can do, but should he?

    Finally, I agree with The Old Man’s comment: “Universal has a great opportunity to develop more books into movies.” Because, as it is, movies followed by numbers are shaping up to be like tv shows, each sequel the next episode without the commercials (unless to catch the flick in the theater; there you have 20 minutes.)

  8. @50 shades of grey
    Pours gas over self.
    Lights match.

  9. Let’s see what we have here:

    1. The 5th installment of a very generic spy thriller

    2. A sequel for one of the worst films of last year.

    3. a film adaptation of a below average book.

    No thanks hollywood, i’ll pass.

    • I’m with you.

  10. I would say don’t incorporate Damon into Bourne 5, the end of ultimatum is perfect. leave his personal story there. he’s done killing people. “I can see their faces, every person I’ve killed.” he’s done, it would be forced if they put him in the center of the action again.

    though legacy wasn’t perfect and borrowed heavily from its superior parent films (the bourne trilogy) it was a decent action movie. I would be down for a sequel. Make it better tho, no cgi please and make the story hit home a little more like the older bourne movies. I wasn’t invested in the movie nearly as much this time around compared to the original trilogy.

  11. Bourne 4 was outright trash. Renner needs a proper vehicle to headline his action chops. Won’t even pay mind to Part 5 unless it’s a reboot.

    Huntsman should just about Hemsworth going on fantastical adventures. Snow white wasn’t even a character she was a plot device and dragged the movie down with her bull***t drama. Stewart should stick to playing undead waifs instead she’s perfect for that sort of thing

    50 Shades of grey should just be a porn series aimed at women. These execs are daft as hell

  12. Why the hell is snow white and the huntsman even getting a sequel? Despite the obvious drawback of having Kristen Stewart in it which will screw over any movie, it would still have been bad no matter who played snow white, the camera angles were awful, the script was worthless, the characters were flat

  13. I am glad to hear something about the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey film. To be honest, I would rather watch a well written film than it to be rushed. Fogelson stated ‘as early as next summer’ the script as far as I know is not even finished. The fans of Fifty Shades of Grey have high expectations for this film. I hope for their sake,the producers make wise choices with casting and finding a suitable director and so forth. They invested a whole lot of money to let it go to crap…

  14. Am I the only person who liked “Bourne Legacy?” Just because the director hasn’t had much experience directing movies did not mean the movie sucked. I don’t care if Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner team-up or don’t team-up for Bourne 5, this could the next entry in a new trilogy with Jeremy Renner in the lead.

    As for a sequel to Snow White & the Huntsman, a sequel would be much better with another actress taking over for Kristen Stewart, who has delivered awful performances in every movie she has starred in.

    Who cares about a 50 Shades of Gray movie, it’s Twilight for porn addicts.

    • I too liked Legacy. In fact, really enjoyed it. I actually thought it was a clever was of continuing a franchise rather than the stock standard reboot or prequel. It’s nice to see there is loyalty out there for Damon, shame however that people haven’t given this one a chance.

  15. Niceeer