'The Unsomnambulist' attended a screening of "The Bourne Supremacy" last night at Arclight Cinemas that was followed by a Q & A with producer Frank Marshall. Here's his report:
"Nothing terribly new and surprising to come of it. Frank was adamant that "Indiana Jones 4" would happen, and mentioned that "The Bourne Ultimatum" was currently being writter for a 2006 shoot start, since Matt Damon is busy til then, as is director Paul Greengrass who'll return after helming the "Watchmen" comic adaptation.
Bourne Again and Again
Frank Marshall also had some news about a third Bourne movie, which would keep the title of the third book, The Bourne Ultimatum--and nothing else. Since the novel has characters never introduced in the first two movies, it's too late to go there. This leaves screenwriter Tony Gilroy grasping for a great villain.
"[He] said to me last week, 'You know, why'd we kill off Chris Cooper?' " says Marshall. " 'I said, 'Well, you did that.' He said, 'Yeah, but who would've known? He'd be great in the third movie.' I said, 'Yeah, well, now we have to come up with a new story.'"
The Bourne Supremacy ends with Jason Bourne in New York City, perhaps suggesting a domestic adventure is on the way? "Going to those exotic locations [in the first two films] was one of the things that people liked," Marshall says, "but maybe now it's time just to go to exotic locations in the States."
Like what? The Bronx?
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At one point, the arrivals line was so packed, celebrities were literally running into each other. While speaking with AP Television News, Damon accidentally elbowed a famous actress to his left. "Stop bumping into me, you big shot!" scolded Sharon Stone - with a big smile.
Clooney's presence had been promised by studio publicists, though it had been reported the 43-year-old actor had canceled key promotional appearances following a back injury.
He didn't just show, Clooney showed up early, leading the arrivals-line parade.
"I found some painkillers," he joked. "Very good, by the way. Painkillers and Jack Daniels. Highly recommend them. Perfect. Try that at home, kids."
"Ocean's Twelve" picks up the story of "Ocean's Eleven" three years later, with Clooney's Danny Ocean reuniting his gang of con artists and thieves and heading to points around the world.
"We knew each other a lot better," Damon said. "There are some real friendships that have been built out of these movies. ... I don't know, it's just kind of a deeper experience, if that makes sense."
And yet, curiously, the stars also come off well -- especially Damon, who does a Bob Newhart-like stand-up routine that's almost worth the price of admission. Everyone seems to be having a great time, and the feeling is communicable.