Frank Marshall is currently busy working on M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender, but his role as a producer means he always has other irons in the fire. He recently spoke to Coming Soon about some of those projects, revealing what stage they were at, with some faring better than others.
On Bourne 4:
“We’d like to shoot next year. It’s trying to get everybody’s schedules in the right place and getting the script right. We’ve done pretty well with these scripts that are pretty loosely put together, but I’d like the script to be really solid this time before we go forward. We’re spending a lot of time on this story”
This all sounds positive, except for the problem of trying to find the time to actually shoot the movie itself. I’ve found the three Bourne films’ storylines strong enough as it is, but if that side of Bourne 4 is being focused on even harder then we should be in for something special. When we finally get to see it.
On Jurassic Park IV:
“We just have to see if they can come up with a story. We don’t have a story.”
Short, and not very sweet. They don’t yet have a story, and quite frankly, this is one franchise I feel has been run into the ground already. Let it lie. Leave it as it is, with some great moments as well as not-so-great moments. Something tells me Jurassic Park IV will be terrible, if it ever gets made.
On The Neverending Story:
“We love the book and we’ve always thought there was an opportunity (because) there were a lot of elements in the book that weren’t in the movie. It’s another one where we’re still working on the rights and it’s a huge thing to get it. Once we get it, we’ll bring on a writer, but that’s kind of off in the distance. But it’s a great story.”
So, the rights haven’t yet been fully acquired, but they no doubt will be before long. Marshall has made me worry less about what they plan to do with this movie because it looks as though they’ll be delving back into the source material rather than producing a simple remake. Which is a good thing.
Marshall also spoke about the Lance Armstrong biopic, The Special Relationship, and a couple of unannounced projects.