More Bourne, Snow White, Identity Thief Join Wicked, Fifty Shades On Universal’s Planner


There’s an interview with Universal’s chairman Adam Fogelson at The Hollywood Reporter which sometimes wanders pretty close to the journalist reading out a list of film projects the studio could be making and asking for an update. As a result… here’s a list of updates on film projects Universal could be making.

Fifty Shades of Grey:

I think that there are totally legitimate questions about what this book is as a movie. I will tell you that it is an absolute priority for us. It’s conceivable that we could be ready to release it as early as next summer.

Snow White and the Huntsman 2:

We’re actively developing the movie right now with Kristen’s character central, as well as the Huntsman role… I don’t think Rupert [Sanders] is pursuing the next Snow White as a directing opportunity.

The Bourne series:

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…  I absolutely  see us doing more Bourne, 100 percent yes. Matt 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.

Wicked:

I believe that we are collectively moving toward Wicked coming to the screen sooner rather than later.

Identity Thief 2:

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.

Perhaps conspicuously there were no specific questions on Ted 2, or about the studio’s apparent interest in acquiring Seth MacFarlane’s next film, A Million Ways To Die in the West. Then again, there’s only so much call-and-response, title-and-update badinage that a studio chairman can take. Probably.

The other bits of the interview feature more interesting questions but less interesting answers. Still, worth checking out if you want to Fogelson saying nothing much about the various financial and logistical challenges facing Hollywood as the industry shifts

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