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Tuesday February 26, 2008 2:55 pm

Sequel News: Bourne Series, Transporter, Terminator

Put Description HereAlthough many critics had hoped would be seriously considered for a Best Film award, the thriller did walk away with three statues at Sunday’s Academy Awards.  (The movie won for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound mixing.)  Now it appears the Bourne series could have a another chance at even more nominations.

According to Variety, Universal is already planning a fourth installment for the action franchise.  Better yet - director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon will also be on board.  This news comes as surprise to many.  Even though the trilogy definitely had an audience and respect, it appeared that the story could have run its course.  In an interview with Entertainment Weekly back in August, Damon admitted that the long production was basically being written on the fly.

No projected release date has been announced yet.  Both Greengrass and Damon have other commitments to attend to first.

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Jason StathamAnother action thriller jumping on the sequel bandwagon is The Transporter.  The series - which began back in 2002 - stars the hunky as Frank, a former military pilot turned skilled driver/delivery man.  The original movie and 2005’s Transporter 2 have collectively earned approximately $130 million worldwide.

The appropriately-titled Transporter 3 will welcome a new director (Olivier Megaton) and a face well-known to fans of FOX - Robert Knepper (a.k.a ‘T-Bag’) of .  (I’m guessing Knepper will be one of the baddies.)

The just announced project will shoot in Russia and France.

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Christian BaleA release date has finally been announced for the next Terminator film.  will hit theaters May 22, 2009.  That’s approximately one year after the sequel begins its production.

Unlike the current television series, the Christian Bale film will be set in the future - after Skynet has wreaked havoc on Earth.  Although it is unclear what John Connor’s (or Bale’s) fate will be beyond this chapter, Warner Bros. is prepping for another three-picture arc.

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