Uni gained another big first-quarter release by newly slotting for March 12 a CIA thriller tentatively titled "Green Zone," which reteams "Bourne Ultimatum" director Paul Greengrass and topliner Matt Damon.
Against the backdrop of these one-off disappointments, the studio now is reaching for its go-to sequels. The studio this year kick-started "Little Fockers," the third movie in its "Meet the Parents" line, into high gear, putting most of the talent elements in place as it aims to go into production this year. And a fourth "Bourne" movie, starring Matt Damon, is eyeing a start sometime next year. Both movies are some of the most reliable in the studio's stable, but with big stars and large budgets, they also become expensive propositions.
History will also unveil "The People Speak," an Matt Damon-spearheaded adaptation of the Howard Zinn book "A People's History of the United States," in the fourth quarter of this year.
According to one half of the David Levien and Brian Koppleman writing team, who penned both Rounders and the casino caper flick Oceans 13, that "eureka" moment may not be far off.
"We've been concentrating on Rounders 2 lately; Ideas are percolating," Levien told PokerListings. "It's great to know that all of the original players want to come back and do another one."