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Rogue One, Bourne Legacy sequels not happening

Good to see a couple of movie houses not opening their purses just for the heck of making another movie.

Irregardless of how many tickets were sold to the respective films, don’t expect to see sequels to “Rogue One : A Star Wars Story” or “The Bourne Legacy”. As far as the wise Yoda’s aboard both films are concerned, money alone doesn’t lift X-Wing fighters out of swamps, decent storylines do.

Though ticket sales for the standalone “Star Wars” flick are jumping like pole vaulters, Lucasfilm prez Kathleen Kennedy says she’s certain they won’t be making a sequel to the film. Why? The “Rogue One” story is finished by the time the screen fades to black at the end of this December’s release.

In the latest issue of Empire, Kennedy confirms there won’t be a sequel to “Rogue One” which she jokingly calls “Rogue Two”.

The new film was apparently always fashioned to be a one-off, with director Gareth Edwards noting that the only sequel that will exist to “Rogue One” will be George Lucas’s original “Star Wars”.

Good point!

Kennedy says it’ll be the same case with the other standlone films Lucasfilm are developing – like “Han Solo”, which was at one stage rumoured to be a trilogy – they’re not intended to kickoff new franchises but be self-contained episodes.

Meanwhile, Kennedy’s real-life partner, producer Frank Marshall – out promoting the home ent release of “Jason Bourne” – says in an interview with Yahoo! while there will be more “Bourne” movies, it’ll likely be with Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne and not Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross.

“That story is still out there as well but it’s not… we’re not talking about it.”

While “Bourne Legacy” did decent business, it wasn’t half as popular (nor anywhere as decent a film) as Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass’s “Bourne” films. If Damon and Greengrass are willing to do another, then of course they’re going to go in that direction. Still, at one stage Universal were also going to simultaneously develop a sequel to “The Bourne Legacy” – good to see they’re thinking of audiences first, not their hip pockets, and freezing that plan.

Proving Marshall mostly makes good decisions (let’s forgive him for agreeing to “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”), he also mentioned in the same interview that he’ll never sign off on a “Back to the Future” or “E.T” remake.

In other news, the fifth “Underworld” movie hits theaters this week.

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