We’ll start today’s trade news with a round-up of action movie news, none of it heart-stopping, but some of it good to know.
First up: If you’re wondering what’s going on with the fourth Bourne flick, we got a little news. We already know that both Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon will be back, and we also know that George Nofi — who wrote Ultimatum, Ocean’s 12 and the script for the upcoming Hawaii Five-0 — will be writing the script for this sequel, as well. And according to a couple of Tweets from producer Frank Marshall, we know that Nofi will begin working on the script in June and they are currently planning a summer 2011 release. Two more years.
And if you are looking for a way to kill two years while you’re waiting for its release, an easy way to gobble up a lot of that time might be to go see Transformers 2. Michael Bay, also via Tweeter, announced that the official run-time for the sequel will be just under two-and-a-half hours. Actually, to be exact: 147 minutes. One hundred and forty-seven minutes of giant-ass robot nonsense. Get fucking excited, people. That’s just enough time to completely demolish your cerebral cortex.
Then there’s Star Trek. As big huge stinkin’ summer blockbusters tend to do, the date has shifted slightly for Star Trek. Now, you can catch it a few hours early. I’m sure there’ll be a ton of midnight screenings, but now it’s also a day ahead of its initial May 8th release, on Thursday, May 7, at 7:00. You’ll probably be able to start buying tickets for it in a matter of days.
We mentioned this in the box-office round-up on Sunday, but if you missed it: After the huge box-office success of the fourth Fast & Furious movie, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker have officially signed on for a fifth movie. We know nothing else except that it will be filmed in Brazil.
Finally, we’ve written about Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables quite a bit, already. It’s about a team of mercenaries who go to South America to take out a dictator, and Stallone has amassed a pretty remarkable cast of old-style action stars, including Jason Statham, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Austin, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, and even Eric Roberts and Brittany Murphy. Now that filming is taking place, we even have a few pics from the set: