Universal Plotting 'Identity Thief' Sequel, More Bourne & 'Snow White'
After hearing the mostly disappointing news that Universal is considering a sequel to the horror hit Mama, today comes word that the studio is thinking about more sequels. It's still early for a lot of these projects, and no official plans are in order just yet, but Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson talked about a future for some of Universal's more successful properties, even if they weren't critical successes. The projects include the gestating sequel to last year's Snow White and the Huntsman, more for the universe expanded in The Bourne Legacy, and a sequel to the R-rated comedy Identity Thief. Read on!
For Snow White and the Huntsman, which will bring back Kristen Stewart, director Rupert Sanders will not be returning. Snow White will be the central character, as opposed to news that a sequel might follow just Chris Hemsworth as the huntsman (though he will be back as well). Fogelson told THR, "We think that for a first movie out of the gate to do basically $400 million worldwide, there is a lot of opportunity." That sentence should have ended with "to make more money" when really it should have also been about telling a great story. But that's show business for you.
Meanwhile, though The Bourne Legacy underperformed, Fogelson says it wasn't much of a disappointment since it didn't cost as much to make as the installments starring Matt Damon. As for sequels in the wake of the Jeremy Renner led action thriller, Fogelson says:
"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. I absolutely see us doing more Bourne, 100 percent yes. 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."
He might be being a little too optimistic since Damon recently talked about the difficulty of getting back in the franchise after The Bourne Legacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, but we'll see. Either way, Universal isn't doing too hot nowadays, so they have to keep their cash cow franchises alive for the time being. Hopefully they can figure out a way to bring back Damon and have him work with or against Renner's character. That would be a slam dunk and could make for an interesting story as well. The script just needs to be stronger this time around to capture the essence of the Bourne saga.
Finally, despite getting mostly negative reviews, the box office draw of breakout Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy is undeniable as the R-rated comedy has pulled in $77 million worldwide to date, and is still raking in cash. That means Universal is having talks in their offices about how to get McCarthy and co-star Jason Bateman back together. Again, the movie wasn't terrible, but the cast was better than the script and did the best with what they had on the page. I'd rather see McCarthy and Bateman team on a better movie. Either way, studios need to be careful or they'll wear out McCarthy's welcome far too soon. Thoughts?
Reader Feedback - 8 Comments
Didn't see Identity Thief, but I'm definitely okay for more Bourne.
OfficialJab on Feb 21, 2013
Established intellectual properties are easier to "sell" than new IP's. Shame that most of the established IP's are kind of shit.
DAVIDPD on Feb 21, 2013
I liked Snow White. Stewart was actually decent in it. Theron was great as was Hemsworth.
Xerxexx on Feb 21, 2013
I rather see Chris Hemsworth battles bunch of monsters than Stewart nervous tick acting.
truong18 on Feb 21, 2013
It would be interesting to see the classic princess movies with one princess. i.e. All the stories take place within one princess's grand lifetime.
Tyler Morgan on Feb 21, 2013
Why can we not have new content to watch anymore, and why does Stweart still get work? She's as animated as cinderblock, and I'm maybe being generous. Everything is sequels, prequels, reboots, and reimaginings anymore. Its so mundane and rundown and formulaic. Even Pixar, one of the most genuinely creative thinktanks on the planet, has succumbed to the Hollywood paradox of the "same ol' same ol', we only care about profit" BS. Its a little depressing to see these studios constantly wrecking things in the name of the dollar. None of the above titles really deserve a follow up, but I will say that at least Rupert Sanders take on Snow White was both stylistic and creative. He deserves more work, even if his decision making outside of film may not be the best.
quazimoto on Feb 21, 2013
The last Bourne movie was ok. All the rest in the series were better. I liked Snow White it surprised me. Both of these movies of course have that potential for franchises but I've always kind of felt that comedies shouldn't do sequels. I had a great time with Identity Thief I really liked it! Bateman is hilarious, McCarthy is too! Despite liking it so much I feel like it should be a one shot deal like Ghostbusters and The Hangover should have been! Should they team up in another movie or movies? Hell yeah! I'm all for it.
Crazy Legs on Feb 21, 2013
I didn't see Identity Thief, but I know a guy who usually loves everything and he said he hated it so it must be pretty bad. I actually enjoyed The Bourne Legacy so a sequel excites me.
Matt Peloquin on Feb 21, 2013
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