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Author: Paul China
Monday, 3 March 2008
According to recent Hollywood reports, Universal Studios will apparently launch seven high-profile projects now that the writers strike is officially over. One of the films confirmed is none other than a fourth Jason Bourne movie, which both Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass have agreed to return for. It was previously acknowledged during The Bourne Ultimatum press tour that both the star and director felt they had reached a satisfied conclusion with the franchise, and felt no need to continue on with the character. Well, it seems the dynamic duo have had a sudden change of heart, believing there is still plenty of potential within their amnesiac-ridden spy. No surprise really, considering the trilogy grossed over $900 million theatrically. However, insiders suggest the next sequel may not begin production until 2010.

It seems Martin Scorsese just can’t get enough of Leonardo DiCaprio, having cast him once again as the lead in his next feature film. This will be the fourth collaboration between the director and actor, in what has so far been an admirable and successful partnership. Based on a novel by Dennis Lehane (Gone Baby Gone, Mystic River), Scorsese’s new flick, titled Shutter Island, is the story of two US marshals in 1954 investigating the mysterious disappearance of a murderess from a mental facility on a remote, Massachusetts island. Chaos ensues when they encounter a web of deceit, a hurricane and an inmate riot that leaves them trapped at the hospital for the criminally insane. Mark Ruffalo (Zodiac), Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain), Patricia Clarkson (TV’s Six Feet Under), Jackie Earle Haley (Little Children) and Emily Mortimer (Match Point) join the production to form what is a stellar cast. Then again, who says no to Scorsese-

Likewise, director Michael Mann (Heat, Collateral) has recruited an exceptionally talented troupe of actors for his upcoming flick Public Enemies. This 1930s set crime thriller, which details the efforts of FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale) hunting the notorious gangster John Dillinger (Johnny Depp), has now added recent Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose) to its top-notch cast. Giovanni Ribisi (Lost in Translation), Channing Tatum (Step Up), Stephen Dorff (Blade), David Wenham (300), and Stephen Graham (This is England) have also signed on board for this highly anticipated film. Shooting begins in Chicago next week, with the film set for release sometime next year.

Catch you further on down the trail, folks.