Universal pushes next 'Bourne' pic to 2016, slates N.W.A. pic in for 2015
Audiences will have to wait a little longer than expected to get their next dose of meds and Aaron Cross.
Universal Pictures announced Wednesday that the fifth installment of the Bourne series has been pushed to a July 15, 2016 release — 11 months after its original August 2015 release date. Instead, the studio will release Straight Outta Compton on Aug. 14, 2015. The biopic recounts the rise and fall of the hip-hop group N.W.A. It stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube (Jackson’s real-life father), Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E.
Justin Lin, best known for reviving the Fast & Furious franchise, is set to direct the still-untitled Bourne pic, which will find Jeremy Renner reprising his role as Aaron Cross. Andrew Baldwin, a newcomer to the franchise who wrote the upcoming Bastille Day, is penning the script.
Renner first joined the series for The Bourne Legacy, the franchise’s fourth film. Tony Gilroy directed that installment, which went on to gross $276 million worldwide in 2012.
Universal currently has a blockbuster-heavy 2015, including Fast & Furious 7 (April 10), Jurassic World (June 12), and Ted 2 (June 26). Bourne’s switch to 2016 makes it the first major summer release for the studio.