Universal have anticipated block-busting movie franchise installments in Jurassic World, Ted 2, and the Despicable Me series spinoff Minions arriving in June and July of 2015, but the studio's plans for August of that year have changed - and for good reason, as we'll discuss shortly. Universal's original plan was for "Untitled Next Bourne Chapter" - which we've been simply calling Bourne 5 - to open that month, but now the studio has pushed the film back to Summer 2016 - and set the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton to take Bourne 5's old spot in 2015.
In all likelihood, Bourne 5's delay can, in part, be attributed to Jeremy Renner - who's confirmed to reprise his role as Aaron Cross from Bourne Legacy - and his busy schedule right now.
The Oscar-nominated actor is currently reprising his Marvel Cinematic Universe role as Hawkeye for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and recently confirmed that he will be appearing in Mission: Impossible 5, which is expected to begin shooting later this year for a December 2015 release. Not to mention, a Hansel & Gretel Witch Hunters sequel (with Renner playing Hansel once more) might be arriving as soon as early 2016 - meaning, Renner could wind up working on that project, before he's finally available to return to the Bourne universe.
Then again, reports that a screenwriter has been hired to pen a new Bourne 5 script draft dropped around a month ago, so perhaps Universal and/or director Justin Lin (Fast and the Furious 3-6) felt that the project needed to spend more time in pre-production than originally anticipated. Either way, Bourne 5 is now schedule to hit theaters on July 15th, 2016; the only opening weekend competition it currently faces is Ice Age 5, though an unspecified Marvel Studio feature (possibly Doctor Strange) will open one week earlier.
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Straight Outta Compton, as mentioned before, has been given the spot previously reserved for Bourne 5, on August 14th, 2015. Pictured above in the top row (moving left to right) are former N.W.A. member and Straight Outta Compton's producer Ice Cube, the film's director F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Negotiator, The Italian Job (2003)), and former N.W.A. member/producer Dr. Dre. On the bottom row (again, left to right) are Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson Jr. set to portray the younger version of his old man, Jason Mitchell as the young Eazy-E, and Corey Hawkins as the younger Dr. Dre.
Here is the synopsis for Straight Outta Compton, based on the most recent script draft written by Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center):
In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.
Universal will release the James Brown biopic Get On Up in theaters this August; expectations are that the musician drama ought to perform quite well at the box office. Indeed, in recent years, period fare that examines history and/or the black American experience in the 20th century, has done solid financial business (see: The Help, The Butler), so it doesn't require a stretch to argue that Universal is hoping that Straight Outta Compton will continue that trend. More importantly, creatively-speaking, the film has interesting subject matter and solid talent working behind the scenes, so it should be worth a look (regardless of its release date).
Straight Outta Compton opens in U.S. theaters on August 14th, 2015. Bourne 5 will arrive on the scene on July 15th, 2016.
Source: Universal Pictures
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