June 22, 2012
It happens every summer, the last-minute shuffling of release schedules and today it's been announced there will be another major one as Universal Pictures has decided to move Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, back one week to August 10.
It makes perfect sense, because originally it was going up against another action movie, the Len Wiseman-directed remake of Total Recall, starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, and Kate Beckinsale, and now it's also able to get away from the third weekend of Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises, which is likely to still be going strong by early August.
The movie now just has to face the Will Ferrell-Zach Galifianakis political comedy The Campaign and Meryl Streep, Steve Carell and Tommy Lee Jones in the adult-oriented Hope Springs.
At the same time, Deadline is reporting on recent Vancouver reshoots on the movie that will reboot the franchise sans original star Matt Damon, while clarifying that they had nothing to do with the decision to move release dates. Last minute reshoots are nothing new and often done to improve small things in the story, and the film's second unit director and stunt coordinator Dan Bradley (who performed the same functions on "Ultimatum") was at the helm for the two days of pick-ups.
They also confirm that the decision to move The Bourne Legacy was more in response to exhibitors complaining about having two high profile action movies being released on the same date.