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‘Bourne 5′ Delayed Till July 2016

Bourne 5 Release 2016
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In a move that shouldn’t surprise too many people, Universal announced that the sequel to ‘The Bourne Legacy,’ the untitled ‘Bourne 5,’ has been delayed to 2016. The next installment in the long-running and widely liked franchise was originally set to arrive in theaters on August 14, 2015, but is now set to open on July 15, 2016.

While Universal Studios revealed the news, Variety suggests the delay is likely due to the script, as screenwriter Andrew Baldwin was only recently brought on and a production start date had not been made. That’s actually good news — if every studio delayed a film whenever a screenplay needed more time and work, we’d have better movies. This is a sign that Universal cares about this series and wants Baldwin to get this one right.

And they need to get this one right. While ‘The Bourne Legacy’ faired well at the box office and earned mixed-to-positive reviews, it wasn’t nearly as big or as popular as ‘The Bourne Identity,’ ‘The Bourne Supremacy’ or ‘The Bourne Ultimatum,’ which set a new standard for cinematic spy action in the 21st century. Some blame the exit of franchise star Matt Damon, but that’s not the problem. The real problem was Part 4’s half-baked script. New star Jeremy Renner is a fantastic replacement for Damon, different from his predecessor while maintaining just enough everyman appeal. Universal just needs to build a better movie around him if they want the series to flourish.

‘Bourne 5′ is still set to be helmed by ‘G.I.: Retaliation’ director Justin Lin.

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