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SyFy Greenlights Matt Damom & Ben Affleck’s “Incorporated”

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Syfy announced it has greenlit to pilot Incorporated, a futuristic espionage thriller from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Productions, CBS Television Studios and Universal Cable Productions.

Set in a future where companies have unlimited power, Incorporated tells the story of executive Ben Larson, forced to change his identity in order to infiltrate a cut-throat corporate world, to save the woman he loves. In the process, he will take on the entire system – with deadly consequences.

Created by David and Alex Pastor (Selfless, The Last Days), who wrote and will direct the pilot, the dystopian future of the show reflects contemporary trends: the growing influence of corporations and private interests in Washington, the slow but steady dismantling of the public sector, and the increase of an amazing amount of wealth by an ever shrinking minority. Incorporated will explore these issues via suspense, action, complex characters and a dark sense of humor, plunging viewers into a future world where the ethical boundaries that we know have been completely redrawn.

Ted Humphrey (The Good Wife) will serve as executive producer/showrunner, with Damon, Affleck and Jennifer Todd also executive producing. Pearl Street Film’s Margaret Chernin will serve as associate producer.

“Syfy is working with the best talent in the business to develop the most provocative and smart science fiction programming, and we are delighted to be partnering with Matt, Ben and Jennifer, along with the creative minds of the Pastor brothers and Ted on this pilot,” said Dave Howe, President, Syfy. “Incorporated is an electrifying example of what science fiction does best: holding a mirror to present realities and projecting forward to a recognizable future in which we face the impact and consequences of our actions.”

Said Damon and Affleck: “Incorporated provides us distinct insight into a world dictated by our decisions today. Viewers will delve into the intricacies of our future, one that we are constantly warned of, but as a society have not yet explored. We believe this is an important and timely story to tell and can think of no one better to guide us into this than David, Alex and Ted.”

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Watch: Ben Affleck, Matt Damon & Chris Evans On Deflategate

The Super Bowl happens to be this Sunday, but hasn’t come without controversy as the AFC Championship game between the Colts and Patriots saw almost a dozen footballs discovered with less air than what’s mandated.

In what has become known as “Deflategate,” the accusation is that the Patriots used deflated balls to give themselves an advantage as a softer ball in colder weather makes it easier to throw, catch and hold.

The Patriots, Coach Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have denied the allegations, and the NFL is still looking into the matter.

While we still don’t know what the cause of “Deflategate” is, Jimmy Kimmel is on top of things.

Various Hollywood stars take credit for “Deflategate” above including Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, John Krasinski, Chris Evans, Steven Tyler, Eli Roth, Dicky Barrett and Bill Simmons. 

Personally, I think “Deflategate” is the reason the Patriots have continued to win the AFC East and beat the Bills.

Chris Evans also has a Super Bowl bet going with Chris Pratt.

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SyFy Partners With Matt Damon and Ben Affleck For “Incorporated”

Via press release:

SYFY GETS INCORPORATED WITH MATT DAMON AND BEN AFFLECK’S PEARL STREET FILMS

 

NEW YORK— October 13, 2014. Syfy announced today it is partnering with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s Pearl Street Films and CBS Television Studios to develop Incorporated, a futuristic espionage thriller set in a world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power. This will be the story of one man’s efforts to beat the system.

David and Alex Pastor (“Selfless”, “The Last Days”) will write the pilot. Ted Humphrey (“The Good Wife”) will serve as executive producer/showrunner, with Damon, Affleck and Jennifer Todd also executive producing.  Pearl Street Film’s Margaret Chernin will serve as associate producer.

About Pearl Street Films

Pearl Street films is a Los Angeles-based film and television production company. Founded by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, PSF, provides filmmakers with a creative home for making television and film across budgets and genres. They are currently producing a new season of the ®Emmy nominated PROJECT GREENLIGHT for HBO, the filmmaking documentary series Affleck and Damon originated in 2001. Pearl Street films is also in pre-production on the feature film LIVE BY NIGHT. Affleck adapted the Dennis Lehane novel, and will star and direct the film in 2015. 

About CBS Television Studios

CBS Television Studios is one of the industry’s leading suppliers of primetime network programming, with top scripted series dramas “NCIS,”  “NCIS: Los Angeles” and comedy series “The Millers.”  The studio’s roster of popular and critically-acclaimed programs also include the phenomenally successful CSI franchise, “Elementary,” starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, the Peabody Award winning series “The Good Wife,” starring multiple award winner Julianna Margulies, summer event series “Under the Dome” and “Extant” starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry; The CW’s “Reign,” the daytime talk show “The Talk,” and BET’s top-rated sitcom “The Game.”  New series include “NCIS: New Orleans,” “CSI: Cyber,” “The Odd Couple,” “Madam Secretary” “Scorpion” and “Zoo” for CBS and “Jane the Virgin” and “The Messengers” for The CW.

About Syfy

Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (SyfyVentures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in 96 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies.  NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.  (Syfy. Imagine Greater.)

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Matt Damon Returns For Bourne 5

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It’s become known that Universal Studios is moving forward on a fifth “Bourne” movie that will see not only Matt Damon return, but also Paul Greengrass to direct.

Both previously stated they would do another “Bourne” film if the script was right.

Regarding a sequel to the Jeremy Renner 2012 Bourne Legacy, Deadline is reporting that Universal is putting it on the backburner for the new Matt Damon “Bourne” flick.

It’s stated that Universal, Damon and Greengrass are presently talking and coming to terms for an agreement, which would be their third film together. Greengrass directed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, which were the latter two of Damon’s run.

Universal apparently wants this ASAP as it is giving “Bourne 5” the July 16, 2016 release date that was being held by the Renner sequel.

It’s is stated the Jeremy Renner sequel spinoff is still considered in development with Fast & Furious architect Justin Lin attached.

The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon’s last that was released in 2007, netted almost $500 million worldwide; Renner’s Bourne Legacy totaled close to $300 million.

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Matt Damon To Star In The Martian Directed By Ridley Scott

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It’s reported that Ridley Scott is currently in negotiations to direct the outer space adventure The Martian, which is set to star Matt Damon from Fox Studios.

THR reports that Drew Goddard was up to direct The Martian but left due to commitments to Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man franchise with Sinister Six.

Ridley Scott will also serve as producer along with Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood.

The film is based on the novel of the same name by Andrew Weir.

Amazon describes the novel as follows:

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. 

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. 

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first. 

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

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Matt Damon Dismisses Aquaman Justice League Rumors

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With the news that Zack Snyder will be directing Justice League with Ben Affleck to star as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, who will make up the other members?

One rumor that has been around for some time is Ben Affleck’s good buddy, Matt Damon as Aquaman (or even Martian Manhunter).

CNBC Meets (via Digital Spy) recently caught up with Matt Damon and asked about being involved in the Justice League, with the actor more or less dismissing it with jokes about Robin and his charity.

Since they made Ben Batman, I’ve been showing up at his house every day dressed as Robin, but my little campaign I don’t think has gone too well so far.

If dressing up in yellow tights somehow moved the needle on this issue, I would be willing to do that. I’ve done sillier stuff.

While it remains to be seen if Matt Damon will be in Justice League, he is teaming up with Ben Affleck on a DC movie with the Vertigo Comics adaptation of Sleepers.

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Toldja: Matt Damon Up For Aquaman In Justice League

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It just became known that Zack Snyder will be directing the Justice League movie which will feature Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

It’s also been said that Ray Fisher will play Victor Stone, aka Cyborg.

So who will make up the other members of the Justice League?

Back in August of last year, Cosmic Book News was told that Warner Bros. has major interest in bringing Matt Damon into the Justice League with it rumored that Damon is being considered for either Aquaman or the Martian Manhunter.

Now TheWrap reports more of the same stating it’s been rumored for a while in Hollywood that Matt Damon is being sought to play Aquaman.

It’s also noted that Jason Momoa is up for a role, which could be Aquaman as well. Momoa’s name has been also associated with Martian Manhunter, which is what we’ve previously been told.

The same source that gave us this info also told us Bryan Cranston was going to play Lex Luthor, but changed his mind. The source also told us first that Batman Vs. Superman would lead into Justice League, which is what the president of worldwide production for Warner Bros. just confirmed.

Matt Damon is also producing the DC Comics Vertigo comic book movie, Sleepers, with Ben Affleck.

The untitled “Batman Vs Superman” has a newly announced May 6, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter and Tao Okamoto in new character roles for the film.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Watch The Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Omaze Charity Video

Matt Damon previously participated in a fan QnA for charity where a winner will be able to meet Damon and Ben Affleck.

Now a new video to promote the event has been released featuring both the actors as they take some jabs at one another.

You can head over to Omaze.com to bid for a chance to win and help out Eastern Congo and Water.org.

Maybe the winner can talk Batman with Ben Affleck?

Batman Vs Superman” has a newly announced May 6, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Matt Damon Says Ben Affleck is “Hopelessly Uncoordinated”; Jokes About Robin

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Matt Damon participated in a Reddit QnA to bring attention to his Omaze.com contest for charity to benefit the Eastern Congo Initiative and Water.org.

You can enter for a chance win a visit with both Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in Hollywood. Entries also include a variety of perks such as a signed Goodwill Hunting script, brownies and more.

During the QnA, a fan asked if there was a role that Matt Damon didn’t get that he really wanted, which was followed up by another fan remarking Robin.

Matt Damon’s reply:

You are correct. After I didn’t get the part, it was really awkward between Ben and I for a while. But I’ve still got the costume I wore in the audition and am planning on wearing it when Ben and I meet the winners of our fundraiser.

Another question saw mention of Ben Affleck participating in a fight to the death between Leonardo DiCaprio and Edward Norton. Who would emerge victorious? 

Matt Damon replied to that as follows:

Well, Ben is a lot bigger than those guys. He’s hopelessly uncoordinated, but he is a big dude with a huge reach advantage. Edward is smart though, so he might think of some brainiac survivor way to pit the others against each other and be the last remaining man.

Leo… I’m not counting Leo out. I’m just saying I don’t know about Leo. Anyway, Wahlberg would kill all of them.

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Ben Affleck Batsuit For Batman Vs. Superman Is Excellent Says Matt Damon

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Long time friend to Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, has seen the new Batsuit that is going to be featured in Batman Vs. Superman in which he describes it as “excellent.”

Talking with MTV, Damon also says that Batman Vs. Superman will be really great as he has spoken with Affleck about the story as well.

I’ve seen a picture. I have seen a picture. It’s excellent. And I’ve talked to him about the storyline, and it’s great. Look. I’ve known him for 30-something years. I would be the first guy like ‘ buddy, what are you doing.’ But I think the movie is going to be great. Yeah, definitely [making the right call].

Damon just finished shooting a small role in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, and it has recently become known that Matt Damon and Ben Affeck are producing the DC Comics Vertigo adaptation of Sleeper.

Maybe we’ll see Damon suit up side by side Affleck in Batman Vs. Superman or the Justice League movie?

Regarding the new Batsuit, rumors are flying that Batman Vs. Superman will feature more than one.

“Batman Vs Superman” has a newly announced May 6, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Matt Damon & Ben Affleck Join Forces For DC Entertainment’s Sleeper: Can Aquaman Be Far Behind?

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It’s being reported that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are onboard as producers on Sleeper, a DC Entertainment Vertigo comic book adaptation.

No directors or actors are attached as of yet, but Sleepers does have a pair of writers with Shawn Ryan and David Wiener.

Sleepers is based on the Vertigo comic of the same name that sees people spontaneously develop super powers.

Variety describes it as the following:

…set in noir universe where a few people are spontaneously developing superpowers — follows Holden Carver, a man who can absorb pain and pass it on to others, as he infiltrates a criminal organization on behalf of a law enforcement agency. His allegiances come into question, especially when he falls for the alluring killer, Miss Misery.

With Matt Damon now officially being involved in DC Entertainment’s universe of movies in addition to having a short role in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, it’s looking likely that Damon could have a role in an upcoming DC comic book movie.

I was actually told that Damon was being considered for Aquaman or the Martian Manhunter in Justice League. Granted I was told this by the same source who told me Bryan Cranston was cast as Lex Luthor, but following that, the source also told me Cranston had a change of heart (with USA reporting similar) and new actors were being looked at. Recently a new batch of names hit the net for the Luthor role. And as we speculated: Maybe it’s Damon?

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6 Younger Actors To Consider As Lex Luthor In Batman Vs. Superman

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The few names that have been rumored for Lex Luthor in Batman Vs. Superman are all above the age of 50.

With online speculation running rampant that Lex Luthor will be wearing Zod’s armor to take on Batman and Superman in the movie, wouldn’t it make more sense to have a younger actor in the role to look the more the physical part?

Byran Cranston – age 57

Mark Strong –  age 50

Tom Hanks – age 57

Terry O’Quinn – age 61

Cosmic Book News has put together a list of younger actors who might fit.

 

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2. Armie Hammer (age 27) – Hammer is currently teaming with Henry Cavill in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and was up for Batman as well in the 2008 defunct Justice League movie. Shave his head and now he’s a bad guy! Hammer stands 6’5″ and would make for a formidable Lex Luthor vs. Superman. Plus Armie Hammer has played the rich bad guy role in The Social Network.

 

 

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3. Joaquin Phoenix (age 39) – Played the bad guy in Gladiator; played Johnny Cash; the guy can do it all. Plus he has that mad power hungry look to fit Luthor. And the guy is just cool as hell.

 

 

 

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4. Leonardo DiCaprio (age 39) – Back to the WB talent pool again as reportedly DiCaprio was wanted by the WB execs as the Riddler for Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy. DiCaprio would be a huge name for the movie. And hey, maybe Luthor doesn’t have to be bald.

 

 

 

 

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5. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (age 32) – JGL’s name has been associated with every role under the sun in Hollywood, so why not Lex Luthor? The guy is a heck of an actor and has sported the bald look as well. Maybe he’s been turning down all the superhero roles to play the part of a bad guy.

 

 

6. Matt Damon (age 43) – Probably the most obvious choice to play Lex Luthor seeing his relationship with Ben Affleck. The two go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly. Damon and Affleck are best friends and distant cousins. Damon also landed a small role in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar which can’t be a coincidence. Could it be that Damon has already landed the role of Lex Luthor and everybody’s being fed a bunch of follow-the-yellow-brick-road?!

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Top 10 Ben Affleck Batman Memes

With Ben Affleck named the new Batman, below you can check out ten popular memes that are hitting the various social networks!

Also feel free to catch up on the latest news:

Michael Keaton Thinks Ben Affleck Will Be Great; Doesn’t Rule Out A Return (Video)

Justin Timberlake Wants To Play The Riddler In Batman/Superman; Hell No To Robin

Batman/Superman Starring Ben Affleck & Henry Cavill To Film In Michigan

Matt Damon Won’t Play Robin; Says Ben Affleck Will Be A Terrific Batman & Bruce Wayne

Morgan Freeman Not Sure About Ben Affleck As Batman; Surprised About The Reboot

Top 10 Ben Affleck Batman Fan Art Posters

Watch Ben Affleck Practice Bruce Wayne In “Runner, Runner” Clip

Op-Ed: Ben Affleck As Batman Is The End Of DC

Op-Ed: A Response To Ben Affleck Batman Nerd Rage & Why Heath Ledger Argument Doesn’t Work

Val Kilmer Says To Give Ben Affleck A Chance As Batman; Wil Wheaton Is Just The Opposite

The sequel to “Man of Steel” goes into production next year for a July 17, 2015 release also starring Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Matt Damon Joins Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar; Did Ben Affleck Give A Helping Hand?

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Matt Damon is reported to have joined the cast of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar in what is being described as a small undisclosed role.

IndieWire reports sources have informed them of Matt Damon’s involvement in Interstellar in that the actor will be shooting for two weeks in Iceland.

Interstellar recently began filming in Vancouver with set images and video of Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey becoming available.

The news of Matt Damon’s involvement with Interstellar comes at an interesting time as Christopher Nolan is said to have had a large hand at getting Damon’s good friend, Ben Affleck, the gig as the new Batman. In addition, Cosmic Book News has been told Matt Damon is being looked at for the Justice League movie. Recently, Arrow‘s Stephen Amell stated Nolan is still heavily involved in the direction of WB’s DC characters for movies and TV.

Interstellar has a November 7, 2014 release also starring Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Bill Irwin, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, David Gyasi, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothée Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Caine.

Synopsis:

The new script chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage. 

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Matt Damon Won’t Play Robin; Says Ben Affleck Will Be A Terrific Batman & Bruce Wayne

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With the announcement regarding Ben Affleck as Batman, the fandom response online has been pretty insane.

Now we hear from Affleck’s friend, Matt Damon, who comments on the fan response as well as potentially playing Robin.

Damon tell the TimesofIndia:

I think it will be great. It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I just think it’s kind of funny. You know, he’s not playing King Lear. It’s Batman! Certainly within his skill set. If anybody saw Argo or The Town, and all the work he’s been doing lately, it’s way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman! Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben will be great at that.

Matt Damon continues with mention of playing Robin to Affleck’s Batman:

I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman. Somebody sent me a picture actually (of his face photoshopped on Robin’s body and Ben’s onBatman’s). It was really funny. But it’s safe to say I won’t be Robin.

Damon can be currently seen in Elysium.

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The sequel to “Man of Steel” goes into production next year for a July 17, 2015 release also starring Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Matt Damon In Talks To Return To Bourne Franchise

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Last we heard about Matt Damon possibly returning to the popular Bourne franchise was that the actor would only consider it if the director on Supremacy and Ultimatum, Paul Greengrass, would be brought back, as well as the new movie featuring a quality storyline.

That now appears to be the case as TwitchFilm reports that Universal Pictures is in talks with Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass.

No other details are mentioned, and it’s not stated how the return of Damon and Greengrass would affect Jeremy Renner; if at all.

Update: Universal Pictures says there is no truth to the rumor about Damon and Greengrass (via Variety).

A couple weeks ago it was also reported that Universal hired a screenwriter to pen the fifth Bourne installment which would star Renner as Aaron Cross.

Last year’s The Bourne Legacy with Renner brought in over $275 million.

As it stands, all four of the Bourne films have raked in over a billion for Universal.

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Movie Review: Elysium (2013)

Metropolis Wanna-Be
A Film Review of Elysium
By: Lawrence Napoli
 
 

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Neil Blomkamp, the writer/director from South Africa that created District 9 follows up with his second foray into spearheading a special F/X, Hollywood production with Elysium.  The lead-up to this film certainly had me very excited in that it was a brand new idea that blended sci-fi and action while seeming to have a solid cast in addition to making some worthwhile social commentary all at the same time.  This would definitely be my kind of movie, but at the same time seemed like an all too familiar experience from District 9.  That film didn’t exactly resonate with the global masses mostly due to its lack of action for the majority of the film, and it seems that Elysium was made specifically to address that issue.  As a matter of fact, there are so many similarities between these films in regards to plot and theme that I wonder if this film was simply a make-up for District 9’s deficiencies.  This summer has been very average in terms of the blockbusters we’ve all seen and/or heard about, and as much as I wanted Elysium to be the best, it simply did not deliver that summer fun, impactful glee represented by 2012’s The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises
 
Elysium is a very good looking film.  Set design, CG settings and costumes were extremely well done to create a very convincing portrayal of what Earth would be like in 2154.  The setting where most of the movie takes place depicts an arid, desert-like environment that bottle necks the populace into dense slums similar to the Brazilian “favellas” we saw in Fast Five.  Everyone and everything looks dusty and dirty and every step the viewer takes with the cast from the slums to the industrial sector screams “poverty” at every turn.  All of these visual elements contrast beautifully with the pristine, tech-plasticity of everything and everyone on the space station known as Elysium.  The color palate is strictly whites, blacks and metallic grays (with a little green for the fake grass they show in the residential areas).  Everyone looks like they were just in a business meeting or exiting an Abercrombie & Fitch, and everyone has had plastic surgery.  Elysium is disgustingly pretty, and the fact that these visuals are constantly colliding allows the audience a chance to really get into this fictional world in order to appreciate this futuristic reality of the “haves” versus the “have-nots.”
 
Elysium also demonstrates some fairly impressive visual and CG effects throughout that pays off with satisfaction during action sequences.  I was particularly impressed with the fidelity of the robots used throughout this film in that their rudimentary design seemed practical and realistic enough to be within the grasp of current technology while their interaction with people in the environment seemed as real as someone wearing a robot suit on set.  I also enjoyed the gunplay in this film which depicts slightly advanced ballistics on the planet, but then graduates to more laser/plasma ferocity on the space station.  My one complaint is in regards to the hand to hand combat which is neither aesthetically pleasing, nor competently captured by the camera for the audience to appreciate.  I understand that our combatants are wearing exo-skeleton suits that wouldn’t allow them a ballet-like fluidity to their punches and kicks, but the use of hand-held camera work to capture these moments makes it seems much faster than it really is and the audience misses a lot.  This continues to be a standard Hollywood strategy that allows the cinematographer to cheat by pushing the frame as close as possible to the action and then shaking it incessantly so our eyes can’t catch up to what probably is uninspired fight choreography or shoddy execution.  If you want to shoot action, then make sure the real work gets put in before deciding on angles and when the camera rolls.
 
As I mentioned before, the story of Elysium is very similar to the overall message and tone of the futuristic dystopia of District 9: the poor get poorer, the rich get richer, everything and everyone is exploitable for someone else, there’s no real sense of community or family and the concept of surviving requires feral desperation, despite the evolution of technology.  All of this is well and good (and has been done by just about every sci-fi film ever), but Elysium really tries to focus on the class conflict and how it directly relates to the fragility and mortality of the human body.  Our hero Max (Matt Damon) is set on a frantic path to the space station as the only way to save his own skin, but while doing so presents an opportunity for the rest of the planet to share in the rewards.  Max, however, is not the most sympathetic character conceived on paper and when moments arise for him to think of others before himself, he always takes the selfish route.  It’s difficult to cheer for this kind of character because his circumstances do not appear to realistically burden his journey; he simply demonstrates no interest.  Eventually, Max’s character arc brings him around to redemption, but the value of his journey exposes a reality that may be true today: disease, famine and poverty will never be dealt with because they exist as an all-purpose means of controlling the majority of the species.  The themes of the script are much more meaningful than the characters or the rather pedestrian plot.  In my opinion, the rich context does not compensate for this story’s lack of charm and complexity.
 
If the characters weren’t particularly interesting, the performances didn’t do much more to vitalize them.  It begins and ends with Matt Damon as Max.  His strongest moments are his glib interactions with robots that are quite comical, yet fairly rare.  His biggest weakness is the flaccid “romance” he shares with Alice Braga as Frey who is not demeaned as the token babe in your generic action/sci-fi flick, but whose subplot does little to enhance the development of the overall story.  Damon puts forth a capable performance, but is clearly miles away from the Bourne Trilogy and light years away from Good Will Hunting.  Even when his character is endowed with the exo-suit, he never really cuts loose to kick ass until the climactic battle which is quite satisfying, by the way, and a clear cut above every action sequence prior to in this film.  Whatever emotional angle Damon was playing at needed more with the exception of desperation, of which there was plenty, but I need more than that to connect with a character.
 
And speaking of “lacking;” how about Jodie Foster’s return to big budget films?  Playing Defense Minister Delacourt, she is the true antagonist of the movie by conspiring to gain total control of the space station, but her character’s lack of control and inability to intimidate severely limits her villainy.  I also found whatever accent she was attempting to be annoying and inconsistent as she breaks frequently to her natural speaking voice and it was completely unnecessary.  Perhaps her natural talk is too low-brow for a citizen of Elysium, but that just means someone else should have been cast in the first place.  
 
The best performance, by far, was that of Sharlto Copley whom you’ll remember as Murdock from The A-Team and the lead in District 9.  His character, Kruger, is the real threat to the hero in this film, and he is easily the best villain of the summer thanks to his brazen malevolence and mental instability.  You might think that it is easy for an actor to sell “evil” when it is framed within “crazy,” but Jim Carey and Tommy Lee Jones both proved in Batman Forever that “crazy” can fall flat on its face.  Copley and his natural eccentricity electrifies Kruger as a defiant nihilist that lives for violence and somehow gets the job done despite a fleeting ability to focus and his only motivations being “just ‘cause” and “why not?”  Sure, Kruger is about one level higher than a caveman, but his unpredictability is actually a welcome element of chaos amidst the well ordered society of Elysium and its well orchestrated control of the planet below.
 
Elysium is not the best film of the summer, and I really thought that it would be.  A weak main character combined with a poor man’s Metropolis plot doesn’t match the proficiency of its thematic tone, visual style or exceptional villain.  This is not quite the “thinking person’s” film that District 9 was, nor is it as accessible as something like Olympus Has Fallen which is about as standard issue as action films get. There’s simply not enough intrigue to label this as a must see in theatres, but it’s definitely worth checking out at your earliest convenience on Netflix.  I’m glad director Blomkamp didn’t sell out by making a shamelessly unnecessary 3D port of his film, but please viewers, don’t get tempted by the allure of the IMAX screen.  If your weekend isn’t already spoken for children thanks to Planes and you really need something to do, don’t pay more than a regular admission for Elysium.
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Bourne Identity 5 To Feature Jeremy Renner

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Universal Pictures is moving forward with the fifth Bourne Identity movie as it’s being reported that Jeremy Renner will return to reprise as Aaron Cross.

Deadline has it that Universal has hired Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) to script the fifth in the franchise that continues the Aaron Cross storyline.

Renner took over for Matt Damon with last year’s The Bourne Legacy, which made back more than double its budget with just over $276 million worldwide.

There has been talk of Matt Damon coming back, but it’s stated not without the Bourne Supermacy and Ultimatum director, Paul Greengrass, in addition to Damon questioning the storyline for his character in regards to what comes next now that his memory has returned.

Jeremy Renner recently wrapped American Hustle which stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence; will reprise as Hawkeye for The Avengers 2, and is rumored for Mission Impossible 5.

Matt Damon stars in the R rated science-fiction film, Elysium, out August 9th directed by Neil Blomkamp.

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Matt Damon’s Elysium Gets R Rating

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The MPAA has given Neill Blomkamp’s next science-fiction thriller, Elysium, an R rating.

It’s not that surprising seeing how District 9 was rated-R as well, but at a time when movie studios like to tone things down for the PG-13 audience, the rating comes off as rather refreshing, wouldn’t you say?

Elysium opens August 9th directd by Neill Blomkamp and also starring Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura and William Fichtner.

Synopsis:

In the year 2159, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ luxurious lifestyle. The only man with the chance bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium. With his life hanging in the balance, he reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission – one that pits him against Elysium’s Secretary Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her hard-line forces – but if he succeeds, he could save not only his own life, but millions of people on Earth as well.