Plans for 'Bourne Legacy' and 'Ted' Sequels Confirmed by Universal
This year Universal found box office success with their franchise spin-off The Bourne Legacy (even without Matt Damon to boost the film) and the directorial and big screen acting debut of "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane, and it sounds like the studio is officially ready for more. THR has word that Universal confirmed development and plans for a sequel to The Bourne Legacy with Jeremy Renner and also a rare comedy sequel for Ted. However, details on both sequels were obviously not revealed as it's still early for either sequel to take big steps towards going into production. But the good news is they're coming.
Frankly, The Bourne Legacy was a bit of a disappointment. It didn't capture the same thrills or streamlined writing as the original franchise and felt hindered by its ties to the Matt Damon trilogy. The only way I'm going to get excited about a new Bourne Legacy is if they team-up Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner to take down the whole damn system, something producer Frank Marshall talked about before the film was released. I'd also be interested to see if Rachel Weisz gets killed off in the same way that Franka Potente was in The Bourne Supremacy. The real problem is that in a year and a half, Renner will be busy reprising his role as Hawkeye in The Avengers 2, so it might be a couple years before it comes together.
Meanwhile, with Ted, the comedy was one of the surprising hits of the summer. Though it had some of the staple Seth MacFarlane "Family Guy" humor, he also added a lot of heart and wit that made it feel like some sort of subtle parody of family films from the 80s. Wahlberg showed great comedic chops and having him team up with MacFarlane again will be a real treat. My only request is that there's some sort of role for Giovanni Ribisi again since he stole every scene in which he appeared. Of course, it's also going to be hard to top Flash Gordon in the sequel, which would likely benefit from hitting the road for the next story.