Welcome to The Morning Read.
Wow. There's no slow down at all right now. I keep expecting to hit that holiday lull, and instead, every time I sit down to write up one of these Morning Reads, I'm faced with enough options to make me dizzy. It's good, I guess... a sign that the industry is healthy. But it means that these are always tough to compile, and so instead of whining about it, let's just jump right in and see what's going on out there.
Over at The Playlist, they broke the story that Paul Greengrass was dropping out of the development of the next film in the Jason Bourne franchise, and the story escalated when Greengrass released a statement confirming that he would no longer be the man steering the series forward. I'm sorry to hear it because I think Greengrass took a decent franchise and made it great, but at the same time, I don't really believe we need another film in the series. Just because the third one made money, there's no reason to automatically do it again. The law of diminishing returns will kick in eventually, and I have to think that the creative team on the series would rather go out on a high note, while people still like the character, instead of wearing out the welcome completely. The assumption is that Universal is now going to start talking to other filmmakers, but unless they lock down a script that makes Matt Damon want to do the film, what point is there in talking to directors? There is no series if Matt Damon moves on, and there's no Matt Damon unless the studio comes up with a compelling reason for him to return, so I think we're a long way from worrying about who sits behind the camera next time.
Rumored last week and finally confirmed this week, I'm very excited about the possibility of seeing "Jackass 3D" sometime next year, and I'd kill to see the tests that Jeff Tremaine is shooting. Frosty over at Collider recently opined that the camera tech just isn't there yet to make a film like "Jackass" in 3D, but I disagree. I think that's exactly where we are at this point, and once documentarians start using these new lightweight 3D rigs, I think we're going to see some really outside-the-box applications of the process. Studios are going to mainly use 3D to try and turn films into events, as with the upcoming "Zombieland 2: 3D", which makes a lot of sense. I think Ruben Fleischer, who has repeatedly said that he's not a fan of horror films, could end up making something really fun working in 3D, and I'm guessing he'll emphasize the fun and the humor, which is probably right for that series. What really intrigues me is all the talk from the screenwriters about how they initially planned for "Zombieland" to be a series, so they have material for several movies already blocked out, and they could end up building a really unusual film franchise out of this initial jumping-off point. We'll see.