'The Bourne Legacy' and 'Identity Thief' Sequels Moving Forward at Universal

Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson also gives a small update on the 'Snow White and the Huntsman' sequel, and says 'Wicked' is on its way.
Identity Thief 2 is moving forward at Universal Pictures
Identity Thief 2 is moving forward at Universal Pictures
Universal Chairman Adam Fogelson helped push the studio to its highest-grossing year worldwide in 2012, with hits like Ted, Dr. Seuss' the Lorax and Les Miserables pulling in millions of dollars at the box office. But the studio currently lacks a franchise, and is the only studio amongst the heavyweights to not yet have a billion-dollar grossing movie amongst its back catalogue of hits.

Fogelson hopes to change that in the near future, as he plans to move forward on a number of sequels to recent audience favorites. He gave an update on potential franchise starters The Bourne Legacy and Snow White and the Huntsman, and even announced that a sequel to their most recent hit, the comedy Identity Thief with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, is on its way. If its not a direct sequel, the two comedic talents will work together again in some capacity. The Chairman also says that an adapation of the hit Broadway musical Wicked is not that far off, even despite Oz: The Great and Powerful's current stealing of that particular spotlight.

First, Adam Fogelson confirmed that Kristen Stewart will be back for a Snow White and the Huntsman sequel, but director Rupert Sanders is most likely not returning, as previously reported.

"We're actively developing the movie right now with Kristen Stewart 's character central, as well as the Huntsman role. We think that for a first movie out of the gate to do basically $400 million worldwide, there is a lot of opportunity. I don't think Rupert Sanders is pursuing the next Snow White as a directing opportunity."


As previously rumored, the Universal Chairman does confirm that Matt Damon is insterested in returning for another Bourne, but that The Bourne Legacy also opened the door for many different franchise opportunities.

"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. Yeah, the movie didn't perform the way the last one did. It also didn't cost what the last one did. It performed more along the lines of how the first one did. I absolutely see us doing more Bourne, 100 percent yes. Matt Damon 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."


Maybe this will surprise some, as it garnered horrible reviews, but another Identity Thief is also on the table at Universal.

"Absolutely a conversation that we're having. We think we created great characters, so we'll discuss how to re-pair Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy going forward."


Finally, Adam revealed that the highly anticipated big screen adaptation of Wicked is closer than it ever has been before.

"Wicked has been an enormous win for this company [Universal is majority owner of the Broadway musical]. The way it works, we should be in agreement together on when the right time to do this is. But I will tell you I believe that we are collectively moving toward Wicked coming to the screen sooner rather than later."

The Bourne Legacy was released August 10th, 2012 and stars Jeremy Renner, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach, Edward Norton, Donna Murphy, Michael Chernus, Corey Stoll, Alice Gainer. The film is directed by Tony Gilroy.

Identity Thief was released February 8th, 2013 and stars Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, T.I., Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho. The film is directed by Seth Gordon.


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Comments (17)

  1. Maria Shavzin

    I can't wait for Bourne Legacy 2. I hope they stick with Aaron Cross. I don't need yet another Matt damon film, and I preferred Aaron Cross more emotional, humble and practical character. Jason Bournes "cool customer" who gets less upset about attacks by trained killers then I do by having laundry is old news. We already get that from James Bond. Enough of the sneer and raised eyebrow. Yay to more Jeremy Renner!

    1 year agoby @Maria-ShavzinFlag

  2. Arkadyuti Konar

    want to see more Bourne move.....

    1 year agoby @Arkadyuti-KonarFlag

  3. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Wicked might be the only thing Oz related I would ever pay to see

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  4. Writer220

    straight to DVD for Identity Thief and am I the only one that loved legacy.

    2 years agoby @writer220Flag

  5. Corey W.

    I liked Identity Thief. It was a mix of both humor and charm. I don't know how a sequel will happen or what it'll be about, but I wouldn't mind seeing McCarthy and Bateman again in another crazy adventure.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  6. Pjwolsker

    No

    2 years agoby @pjwolskerFlag

  7. Emmy has a Gun

    Personally I think making a film based on the musical Wicked is dumb because in my opinion they dumbed down the story, changed the ending and made it more family friendly. An adaptation of the books would be much better. But that's all just my opinion.

    2 years agoby @emmyhasagunFlag

  8. Monkeyiron 2.0

    ok bourne yes Identity thief F*CK NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  9. ChiRep_1

    Forget Identity Thief, if they MUST give Jason Bateman a franchise, make a Horrible Bosses sequel.. I'd watch it

    2 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  10. the Narrator

    Legacy wasn't a f*cking Bourne film. Bourne isn't about drug use and chemically altered agents and never will be! Legacy was too dialogue heavy, with Renner's character compared to other agents and Treadstone too often in order make their generic program seem like it was better and more hardcore, too bottled down by desperate attempts at adding romance into a spin-off that should have been all business, and just too dependent on then very name of Bourne. I mean, Bourne's name is basically splattered throughout the film, needlessly, just to keep the dumb audience members reminded of what world this random story takes place in. It doesn't need nor warrant a sequel.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  11. skywise

    glad to hear about the adaption of Wicked.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  12. Replicant

    Identity Thief was one of the worst comedies I've seen in the past few years. They actually accomplished the hard task of making Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy NOT funny.

    I'm down for another Bourne sequel, Legacy wasn't great (definitely the worst in the series) but it was still lightyears better than other action crap like Taken 2 or Expendables 2.

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  13. ROFLitschristian

    Did anyone care for either of these movies? I had hopes for Legacy, but it wasn't something I felt rushed to see.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  14. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Sideways thumb

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  15. The Knight Has Risen

    How about you just make another completely original movie with Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy? Why does it have to be THESE characters again?

    2 years agoby @thehost91Flag

  16. artkid04

    I think they'll run into some legal issues if they make Wicked into a movie

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  17. John M

    Wow Universal certainly knows how to pick them, but then again all the films did make money so who cares about the quality of the films right?

    The Bourne Legacy was a major disappointment and failure, but I'd give the franchise one more chance if they brought in better writers and director. I would prefer if Damon came back, but Renner did a decent job with the bad script he was given. I can see him doing a better job in a sequel.

    Snow White and the Huntsman was a decent film. I hope the sequel is more focused on Chris Hemsworth and the Huntsman than it is on Kristen Stewart and Snow White.

    I'm not even going to waste my time talking about the piece of garbage that is the Identity Thief, but I'm not surprised they're making a sequel because like horror films comedy's are cheaply made and have a good chance of making back their budgets or a profit.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag