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There’s Another Actor Campaigning To Play John Stewart In DC’s Green Lantern Corps.

While Warner Bros’ DC reboot Green Lantern Corps. is in some rather early stages of development, there’s certainly no shortage of competition for the potential role of John Stewart. Previously, we’ve seen not only Fast and Furious franchise star Tyrese Gibson but also actor, and previous candidate for the role Common both throw their hats into the proverbial ring. Now, a new challenger has entered the battle, and as you’ll see below, Michael Jai White is pleased that fans have started to hope he’ll play the role of Stewart in a major motion picture:

This piece of fan art is even cooler when you consider that the artist in question included White’s wife, actor Gillian White, as Vixen– a historically recognized love interest for John Stewart. Someone’s all in on John and Vixen coming to the silver screen, and Michael Jai White is co-signing the campaign.

Michael Jai White is actually the fourth contender we’ve heard in the running for Green Lantern Corps.’ role of John Stewart, as in addition to Gibson and Common’s bids we’ve seen American Gods star Ricky Whittle actually admit that he’s had talks with DC and Warner Bros about the role. For a project that’s hotly anticipated, but still very much in flux, this is still a pretty big competition to keep a watch on.

As the fortunes of the DC Extended Universe expand and evolve, there’s no telling where Green Lantern Corps. fits into the plans. After all, they’ve changed drastically since the DC Extended Universe first put down stakes and focused everything around the potential success of Justice League. With Aquaman, Shazam!, Wonder Woman 1984 and The Batman representing the way forward, there’s certainly plenty of room for writer Geoff Johns’ big screen adaptation to fit into the fold and create a new constellation of stars in DC’s universe, leading to something huge in the future.

Of course, those sorts of lofty plans are best taken one day at a time. While this Instagram post from Michael Jai White is a sign of intent and interest in John Stewart’s role, we’re not even sure if Green Lantern Corps. will use him or Hal Jordan to represent its future. Though there’s certainly no shame in hoping that both heroes will be used, so as to give the audiences double the thrills and excitement for their box office dollar. In which case, the search for a new Hal to team up with John is going to be quite interesting.

Green Lantern Corps. has no new release date set just yet, but as soon as any major updates are to be had we’ll report them here at CinemaBlend. In the meantime, you can take a look at what’s coming in the rest of 2019’s box office calendar, as well as what’s intended to debut in 2020, in the respective release schedules for those specific years.

China Cancels Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Release

Two weeks ago, I questioned if Once Upon a Time in Hollywood stood a chance of surpassing Django Unchained to become Quentin Tarantino’s highest-grossing movie, pointing out that its forthcoming Chinese release could help accomplish this goal. Well, scratch that, because Tarantino’s latest movie has been removed from China’s theatrical schedule.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood had been primed to come out in China on October 25, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, the release has been “indefinitely put on hold.” No official explanation was provided for the sudden reversal, but according to the outlet’s sources, this stems from the controversy surrounding Bruce Lee’s depiction in the movie.

THR states in its article that Shannon Lee “made a direct appeal” to the Chinese National Film Association and asked that it “demand changes to her father’s portrayal” in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. This led to the Bona Film Group, the Beijing-based company that co-produced the movie, scrambling to work with Quentin Tarantino to cut together a new version of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and have it re-approved before the October 25 release date.

Now that’s a moot point, and as thing stand now, it’s unclear if Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will be given a new Chinese release date or if it won’t show in the country at all. If it’s the latter option, that would mean that the movie is nearly done with its worldwide release, so the only step forward is its home media rollout, i.e. arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Oh, and possibly being turned into a miniseries.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the second Quentin Tarantino movie to have its Chinese release overturned, at least initially. This previously occurred with 2012’s Django Unchained, with sources saying the Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz-led flick was pulled minutes after premiering opening night due to its graphic violence.

In that case, Django Unchained was recut and returned to Chinese theaters a month later. Although by that point, pirated copies of the original cut were readily available and the screening of the edited version failed to make an impression at the box office.

In other corners of the world, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has done quite well for itself, making $139.7 million domestically and $227 million worldwide. Critically speaking, it ranks as another hit for Tarantino, ranking at 85% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes and earning a B grade on CinemaScore.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more coverage about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, including the movie’s ultimate fate in China. For now, keep track of the rest of this year’s movies with our 2019 release schedule.

Walt Disney World Has Made A Change To Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge And Fans Aren’t Happy

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has had an interesting existence to say the least. For two years the new land being build at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World was the most anticipated new theme park attraction in the history of the galaxy. The land opened with no lack of fanfare and guests seemed to love the new Millennium Falcon attraction and the immersive setting of the planet Batuu.

At the same time, there was almost instantly some question about how successful the new land really was. The massive crowds people were expecting never seemed to materialize and there was some debate as to whether that was due to impressive crowd management on the part of the parks, or a lack of interest on the part of guests.

It seems that every week there’s a new topic for Disney fans to debate on social media, and this week that topic is food. The food options at Galaxy’s Edge, like everything else, were originally created to be part of the immersive setting of the land. While the food itself wasn’t particularly unusual, everything had alien sounding names like Ithorian Garden Loaf and Endorian Tip-Yip. However, now it appears that Walt Disney World has changed the names of the food items to reflect what they actually are, rather than what they are in the Star Wars universe. Many are less than thrilled.

Part of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’s appeal has always been the level of immersion of the land. Cast members acted as if they were actually on an alien planet and would speak to you as such. Merchandise that is sold in the land is designed to be the sort of thing that might be produced by aliens running a stall in a bazaar. You won’t find anything for sale that has a Star Wars logo on it.

Fans are lamenting the loss of the themed names because, to them, it blows a hole in the otherwise complete immersion of the land.

The normal food names were always available on the menus at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, because nobody is expected to actually know what Endorian Tip-Yip is. It’s just that it used to be that the ‘Star Wars name” came first, and the “normal” name was in smaller font below that. On Walt Disney World’s website the Star Wars names are completely missing. It appears that in the menus inside the land itself, the names have just swapped places, so the normal name is first, and in larger print, while the Star Wars name has been relegated to smaller status.

The reason for this has not been specifically stated, but it would seem likely that the reason is for simplicity in ordering for the people who aren’t looking to dive head first into the immersion aspect of the land. Remembering the silly name and then relaying that to another human probably bugged some people.

While the name change is ultimately only a minor deal, and most fans accept that, there is still the potential for concern. With the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel on the horizon, which is supposed to give guests a fully immersive 3-day long Star Wars experience, there’s a fear that if enough people balk at “playing the game” it could have a detrimental impact on these new ideas and the people who are interested in getting fully immersed in the Star Wars universe.

As theme parks attempt to embrace this more immersive experience as a way of providing unique experiences for guests, these issues are going to continue to pop up. While there are always going to be those who want to throw on their Jedi robes and play a part in a place like Galaxy’s Edge, there will also be those who simply want to go to the theme park, and experience the attraction and have lunch.

Walt Disney World needs to be fun for both kinds of people, and that’s a potentially difficult balancing act. Since Disney has never created a land like Galaxy’s Edge before, there is certainly going to be some learning that goes along with it, that may be what we’re seeing here.

The Star Wars Hotel certainly is being promoted to take everything that Galaxy’s Edge is doing to another level, but if what Galaxy’s Edge is doing isn’t working for everybody, what does that mean? As YouTuber RobPlays suggests, one solution is to make it clear that some experiences aren’t for everybody. That’s a difficult thing to do within the theme park proper, it might be easier to accomplish with something like a hotel.

Of course, while many Disney Parks fans are upset, or at least concerned about the food name change, others think those people are really overreacting.

Interestingly, it appears that the name changes have only taken place at Walt Disney World and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland is still using the original nomenclature. It’s possible that Disneyland just hasn’t made the switch yet. However, the two resorts do have separate presidents and management structures, so unless this decision came down from the Bob Chapek, the Chairman of Parks, Experiences and Products, it’s possible that Disneyland has just decided to keep things as they are.

It’s also possible this happened at Walt Disney World first because something else is st to happen there first. Rise of the Resistance, the long awaited attraction, is set to open in Florida in December. Once it is, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the complete land it was always promoted to be, there will likely be an influx of guests. Those that put off trips waiting for the second attraction to open will be on their way. Those that went there upon opening and have the means will head back.

It’s possible changing the food names was done as a way to better deal with anticipated larger crowds. If Galaxy’s Edge is about to see a bunch of new people who have never been there before, having large numbers of people all trying to navigate a strange menu will hold things up, making everybody’s experience a little less enjoyable.

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The Batman: See What Paul Dano Could Look Like As Riddler

After years of waiting to see a new Batman movie, Matt Reeves’ The Batman is suddenly coming together very fast. The latest casting news that broke yesterday is that actor Paul Dano will be portraying Edward Nashton a.k.a. The Riddler in the upcoming DC Comics film. Paul Dano isn’t known for blockbuster films so mainstream audiences might not be familiar with his work, but thankfully, right on cue, there is some fan art to help us imagine what Paul Dano could look like as Riddler. Take a look:

This is a far cry from Jim Carrey’s bright green catsuit-wearing Riddler from Batman Forever. BossLogic envisions Paul Dano’s Riddler wearing the character’s trademark bowler hat, jacket and tie seen in many depictions, but without the ostentatious green and purple coloring. He’s not covered in question marks and he doesn’t have his question mark cane either. It’s a depiction that presumes that Matt Reeves will be taking a somewhat grounded approach with the character and the film.

In this fan art, with the jacket, vest, tie, glasses and bowler hat, Paul Dano’s Riddler actually reminds me of Kiefer Sutherland’s character from 1998’s Dark City. With his tweed jacket and neutral-colored clothing, Paul Dano’s Riddler looks entirely unassuming here. You almost wouldn’t know he’s The Riddler if not for the question marks in the art and his juxtaposition opposite Robert Pattinson’s Batman.

The real identifying mark in this fan art is the single question mark on Paul Dano’s tie, symbolizing the villain beneath this humble exterior. It’s a cool take because outwardly he looks unthreatening physically, but with The Riddler it’s always his mind you have to worry about. He definitely looks like an intelligent, well-dressed individual here, which makes the potential insanity all the more dangerous.

This is just one interpretation of what Paul Dano’s Riddler could look like in The Batman, and BossLogic said in his Instagram post that he’d have more art of The Riddler on the way soon. How close this fan art is to what we see in the film will really come down to what direction Matt Reeves goes in for this movie and the character.

We’ve heard that The Batman will be a grounded take, although I don’t know how you make the film more grounded than Christopher Nolan’s films, which were already on the opposite end of the spectrum from the brightly-colored camp of the Joel Schumacher run.

Matt Reeves has also talked about wanting to dive into the idea of Batman as the world’s greatest detective in The Batman. So having The Riddler, who offers plenty of puzzles for the Caped Crusader to solve, is a fun choice and should give audiences something different than they’ve seen from the previous Batman movies.

This is easily Paul Dano’s biggest role to date. The actor has largely made a name for himself outside of the blockbuster realm in movies like There Will Be Blood, Love & Mercy and Showtime’s mini-series Escape at Dannemora. He joins the cast of Matt Reeves’ film which will also star Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon and Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman.

The Batman arrives in theaters on June 25, 2021. That’s a ways off but there are still big DC movies to come next year. Check them out in our 2020 Release Schedule.

Jennifer Lopez Was Spotted Wearing the Most Blinged-Out Wedding Dress

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Marry Me is slated to hit theaters in 2020. As for when Jennifer Lopez is expected to marry Alex Rodriguez, well, that’s still a mystery. The couple hasn’t set a date yet, but Lopez did open up about their plans briefly in a recent interview with Evening Standard.

“I have a movie I’m shooting in October [Marry Me], and the movie has an album that goes with it, so I’m just a little bit busy right now, and until October, he has the World Series in baseball,” she said. “We’re going to have to pick a day, pick a time and block it out, but we’re definitely talking about it. [Marriage is] important for both of us. We both come from traditional Latin families and we want that. Everyone wants somebody to grow old with. At the end of the day, how much work can you do, how much money can you make, and what does it all matter? It doesn’t, really.”

How Zombieland: Double Tap Pulled Off That Amazing, Unbroken Shot During Its Zombie Fight Scene

Long-awaited sequels are often a double-edged sword. Audiences are excited to see their favorite characters return after a long time without them, but they often have raised expectations for the reunion. Luckily for Zombieland fans, the core cast is all back in action, along with the original writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, as well as director Ruben Fleischer. Each of them have gone on to projects with massive scales since the 2009 zom-com, but their experience working together before was clearly one they were eager enough to come back to a decade later.

Zombieland: Double Tap has Jesse Eisenberg’s Columbus, Woody Harrelson’s Tallahassee, Emma Stone’s Wichita and Abigail Breslin’s Wichita back amidst the zombie apolcalypse. During the film, there’s an impressive showdown with the undead in an Elvis-themed motel that appears to be shot in one take. When Double Tap director Ruben Fleischer came on the most recent episode of the ReelBlend podcast to talk about the sequel, he explained the making of this scene. In his words:

Wow! It’s always incredible to hear how filmmakers pull off magic tricks such as this unbroken shot. It may look like a single take, but it only needed to be carefully planned to look this way. Which honestly sounds a lot more difficult. Fleischer had seven shots choreographed so they could fit next to each other without looking like they include any cuts. That’s organization at its finest. The Zombieland director delved further into the behind-the-scenes of it all, saying:

So additionally, Ruben Fleischer was editing in the scenes on set just to make sure they had what they needed to make the scene work. It’s a smart way to cover all your bases, and it’s not something often done during the shooting of a movie. Fleischer continued with:

Typically, the feeling of getting a scene right as technical as this one doesn’t come with instant gratification. It’s often after it hits the cutting room floor and becomes avaliable in theaters when everyone can bask in a job well done! That wasn’t the case for this motel fight scene in Zombieland: Double Tap.

Zombieland: Double Tap is in theaters now!

Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness Just Took An Exciting Step Forward

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 22-movie Infinity Saga ended with Avengers: Endgame. And with Phase Three in the rear view, the possibilities seem endless regarding the future of the shared universe. Marvel Studios revealed its plans through 2022, and one of the exciting sequels hitting theaters in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Scott Derrickson is back directing Stephen Strange’s second solo flick, and the movie just took an exciting step forward.

Not much is know about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, other than its release date and three stars. But Scott Derrickson has officially begun assembling his team, signing on Jade Bartlett to write the upcoming blockbuster’s script. This will mark her first major movie as a writer. It’s currently unclear if Derrickson will be co-writing, as he was credited in his original Doctor Strange movie.

This news comes to us from Collider, and is sure to be exciting for the countless MCU fans out there. The shared universe is currently riding high on the success of The Russo Brothers’ set of Avengers movie, as well as the strong performance of Spider-Man: Far From Home. So any details about the next slate of films are welcomed updates during the interim period between phases.

2016’s Doctor Strange was a game changer for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, offering a wild and visual ride unique to other franchises. Scott Derrickson utilized trippy visuals reminiscent of Inception, and brought magic in the shared universe in a major way. And the upcoming sequel has even more limitless narrative potential, especially with Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch joining the adventure.

Following his solo movie, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange crossed over to the larger MCU in Avengers: Infinity War. He had a meaty role in the record-breaking movie, joining forces with Tony Stark in New York, before eventually traveling to space for the battle on titan. And after giving Thanos the Time Stone and fading to dust from The Snap, he popped back up in Endgame for the final battle against the Mad Titan.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ title teases some high concepts in the upcoming sequel. The multiverse is something briefly touched on in Endgame, mostly through the Time Heist. Scott Derrickson could seemingly take the story anywhere, and Scarlet Witch will be a welcomed addition. She’ll also be getting her own Disney+ series in Phase Four, titled Wandavision.

Since Jade Bartlett is an unknown writer, it’s unclear what she’ll bring to the table for Doctor Strange‘s sequel. But her inclusion shows an ongoing effort from the studio to includes women’s voices, both in front and behind the camera.

The next installment in the MCU is Cate Shortland’s Black Widow in May 1st, 2020, and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will make its way to theaters one year later on May 7, 2021. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Bop Shop: Songs From Katy Perry, Kim Petras, Sam Hunt, And More

If you aren’t listening to “I Wish I Missed My Ex” at least once a day, you are missing out. The English singer-songwriter is turning out bops like it’s her job (which it is), but this song is the one to listen to first. Its soulful, fun R&B sound will have you waving your hands in the air, chanting the lyrics with her, and finding comfort in your decision to ignore your ex’s text message. “Don’t you know you’re so predictable? / I know everything you’re going to say, like / Hey or hi, how you been lately? Fine / I been missin’ you baby,” go the all-too-relatable lyrics of the pre-chorus. Maybe that’s just my favorite part, but I guarantee it will be yours, too.

Luckily for us, Mahalia stopped by MTV News in September to perform on Office Hours, our intimate stripped-down performance digital series, and the whole office has been listening to her set ever since. The crowd dug her beautiful vocals and vibey energy, and if you want to keep the Mahalia party going after you’re done jamming to “I Wish I Missed My Ex,” kindly transition into her other hit, “Simmer,” featuring Burna Boy. —Alissa Godwin

Does The Next Jason Bourne Movie Need To Have Matt Damon To Succeed?

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Earlier this week, USA Network officially premiered its newest action-drama series, Treadstone, which operates inside the world of Robert Ludlum’s Bourne saga. When it comes to the future of the Bourne franchise, this TV show raises an important question: does Matt Damon need to be involved for this series to flourish?

Admittedly, it’s a tougher question than one might think, especially when you take 2016’s Jason Bourne into account. Nevertheless, it the property is itching to make a splash with the public, and there are talks to make a film based around this newly-premiered show. Does the Bourne series need its title character to be a major hit? Can it be branched out with other A-list actors, a la the Bond series, to become a product of each new generation? Or does it depend entirely on Matt Damon to be successful?

Audiences are likely hungry for more Bourne, and in a bigger way than just that stunt show based on the popular Bourne series that’s coming to Universal. So let’s break things down and see whether or not Damon is crucial to the prosperity of this popular property.

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It’s The Role That Turned Matt Damon Into A Superstar

Granted, Matt Damon wasn’t a no-name when he signed on to 2002’s The Bourne Identity. He was an Academy Award-winning screenwriter for his work on 1997’s Good Will Hunting, and had a string of popular hits such as Saving Private Ryan, Rounders, Dogma, and Ocean’s Eleven, to name a mere few. But even though he was an established dramatic actor, Damon was by no means a proven action star, and his name didn’t ensure a film’s blockbuster status.

When The Bourne Identity sprinted into theaters, however, Matt Damon was proven a bonafide A-lister, even in genre movies outside his wheelhouse. He proved himself as a dependable lead, which propelled the next few films in the franchise to achieve similar success. The sequels, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, were even bigger critical and commercial hits, upping the ante for Damon’s skills (and those of director Paul Greengrass). Audiences love seeing Damon in this role, and Bourne remains a draw, even while the star’s other projects sometimes falter.

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Matt Damon Isn’t Getting Any Younger, Folks …

Matt Damon was definitely in phenomenal shape for 2016’s Jason Bourne, especially for someone over 45. But he turns 50 in 2020, so being an action superstar might not be the best way to keep his Hollywood legacy going. Particularly with a film series that involves as many dangerous stunts, hyper-intense martial arts, and extreme peril as the Bourne series. Without a cast change, Jason Bourne might not be able to fight bad guys for many more years without getting seriously injured.

There generally comes a point when actors simply can’t do action sequences without increased output from special effects and stunt coordinators. Similar to Indiana Jones and even the Bond series, the question becomes whether it’s time to retire a specific version of a character and move on to something else. While the producers and studio heads would probably love to incorporate Matt Damon into as many Bourne films as possible, one must be realistic about how the actor wants to spend the next years of his life.

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Attempts To Revive The Bourne Series Without Matt Damon Haven’t Been Entirely Successful

Certainly, Universal Studios has explored options when it comes to Jason Bourne. Knowing that Matt Damon isn’t guaranteed to come back for any future installments, execs and producers know that other actors will need to be hired to keep the series going, possibly with different characters. Unfortunately, the largest previous attempt to divert away from Damon’s Bourne, the Jeremy Renner-starring The Bourne Legacy, wasn’t nearly as successful, though it also wasn’t a total failure.

Centering on Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross, The Bourne Legacy did decent box office and earned some favorable reviews, though the public’s general response was mixed. Comparisons to the original three movies were inevitable, and some viewers found it to be an inferior spinoff with a muddled plotline that didn’t have the same draw of the previous installments. Suffice to say, there is a Damon-shaped reason they opted to make Jason Bourne instead of a Bourne Legacy sequel, and while it’s still too early to determine how Treadstone will fare, the similarly mixed reviews could spell trouble.

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2016’s Jason Bourne Proved Matt Damon’s Involvement Doesn’t Guarantee Success (At Least, Critically)

Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass’ return to the Bourne franchise earned a tremendous sigh of relief from fans. The Bourne Legacy, while not completely dismissed upon release, definitely felt like an effort to pass the reins in the absence of Damon and Greengrass. In hindsight, though, it’s safe to say that even Jason Bourne wasn’t entirely a return-to-form for anyone involved, and the response to the new film was divisive.

Criticisms weren’t as favorable for this sequel, at least when compared to the acclaimed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, and the fan response was also notably more muted. Even though people don’t mention this sequel as much as its predecessors, it was still a hit — if not quite as successful as Ultimatum – and proved that there’s still an audience for future Jason Bourne movies with Matt Damon. Of course, the dip in quality dims any guarantees that future installments will match the early films’ heights.

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Matt Damon’s Approach To The Material Is What Made The Franchise Great To Begin With

In another world, the Bourne franchise might have been little more than a subpar James Bond ripoff. The source material itself, while beloved, is often considered airplane fodder as opposed to great works of literature, and it was not guaranteed that The Bourne Identity would become a major movie IP. Yet, it was largely the intelligence and nuance that Matt Damon and his filmmakers brought to the material that made it exceptional. Thanks to their careful, thoughtful approach, it became a big success.

The first three Bourne movies’ sense of hyper-realism, and attention to character development, are crucial to why they became so successful. In addition to all those exceptional action sequences and grounded aesthetics, a great deal of intelligence and care brought by Matt Damon, both as an actor and producer that showed. Along with the other talented producers, Damon wanted to make something exceptional with this material that combined brainy storytelling with thrilling action, and created a solid foundation on which the future sequels were built.

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Much Like James Bond, You Don’t Need The Same Actor To Play The Part

At the end of the day, there’s always room for reboots in Hollywood. The Bourne franchise could always start up anew if it needed to, considering its main character starts off as a mostly blank slate. Other hot, up-and-coming actors are no doubt available to fill the role if Matt Damon is unwilling or unable to keep the spark burning. It’s the main reason why James Bond has continued for over 50 years, even with some new additions not working as well as others.

Would a rebooted Bourne franchise have the same appeal? It’s hard to say for sure. People currently only think of one actor when Jason Bourne comes up, so it might be hard to accustom the public into immediately accepting another actor in the role. But there was once a time when people thought only Sean Connery could do justice to the role of James Bond, or that only Michael Keaton could play Batman. Those were fairly short-lived notions, so maybe that could be the case for Bourne if casting changes are necessary.

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You Can Only Do So Much With Jason Bourne’s Character Before It Grows Stale

Speaking of reboots, there’s also the overarching question of whether it’s worth rebooting The Bourne Identity as is. Jason Bourne was a well-defined lead in those tightly-wound first three movies because there was a satisfying arc, and the films didn’t rely on too many gimmicks. They’re definitely more plot-driven than the average spy flick, so one wonders if it’s possible to make another Jason Bourne movie without the story growing overly repetitious. Beyond Damon’s involvement, would people want this scenario told yet again?

On the one hand, movie fans do love origin stories of all flavors, and there are universally beloved actors and actresses out there who could win audiences over, even if Matt Damon’s name remained associated with the franchise. On the other hand, it’s hard to tell if people are even clamoring for another Jason Bourne movie, with or without Damon. Universal is obviously game to keep the franchise going with Treadstone and the theme park attraction, but the fans might need to speak up about what they want here.

Ultimately, there are many reasons to believe that the Bourne franchise could continue successfully with Matt Damon at the forefront. The actor is getting older, and his interest in the franchise seems to have waned significantly, but the franchise’s overall success speaks to its continued appeal. Plus, investing in a new plan with a new lead would be far more of an uphill battle for Universal. But what do you guys think about it? Let us know in the poll below.

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