Matt Damon ‘Bourne’ sequel claims vacated ‘Apes’ spot in summer 2016


The 2016 summer shuffle continues: Universal Pictures has nudged back by two weeks the release of its next Jason Bourne movie, which will reunite leading man Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass.

The yet-untitled film will now arrive July 29, 2016, filling the date just vacated by Fox’s next “Planet of the Apes” movie. On its previous release date of July 15, the fifth “Bourne” adventure would have matched up against the animated tale “Ice Age 5” and come one week after the recently slated “Star Trek 3.”

The “Bourne” sequel’s new calendar spot pits it against the Fox comedy “Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates” and gives it a one-week jump on Warner Bros.’ star-studded supervillain team-up “Suicide Squad,” starring Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie.


The cascade of recent scheduling announcements and adjustments underscores how, in a Hollywood increasingly reliant on film franchises and summer tent-poles, even the smallest calendrical changes can have ripple effects.

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