Bourne Legacy Moved to Avoid Dark Knight Rises, Total Recall
Bourne might be one of the biggest names in action, but he’s apparently a little nervous about going up against Batman and Quaid. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal Pictures has shifted the opening of The Bourne Legacy from its original date of Aug.3 to Aug. 10.
The studio moved the latest installment in the Bourne series to avoid the juggernaut that will be The Dark Knight Rises, which opens July 20. As Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film is estimated to be as popular as its predecessors, the studio must have felt the original Aug. 3 date was too close. Executives also wanted to avoid Sony’s Total Recall, which was set to open that same day.
In a statement, Universal said, “Moving to Aug. 10 will also allow us to extend valuable promotion for the film across all NBCUniversal platforms during the Olympics, which will dominate television and digital audiences beginning July 27. We are excited about this new chapter in our Bourne franchise and confident that Aug. 10 is the right date for our film and for our industry as a whole.”
Jeremy Renner stars in the new film alongside Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Albert Finney, Joan Allen, Scott Glenn, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac. Tony Gilroy — who wrote the three other Bourne flicks and directed Michael Clayton — directed this latest installment.