This is going to be an unpopular opinion: I believe that consuming news obtained through the recent hack of Sony Entertainment is wrong, and I’m refusing to do it.
Late last month, hackers calling themselves “Guardians of Peace” hacked Sony Entertainment servers and threw their findings online, launching the likes of TMZ and Entertainment Weekly into a state of orgasmic glee with a virtual deluge of juicy gossip. Leaked emails between major Sony executives contain all sorts of salacious details regarding a process both mysterious and seemingly relevant to the everyday American: what goes into the business side of movie-making, and who are the shadowy backroom figures that make these decisions?
Thanks to the hack of Sony Entertainment, we now know that these people are, for the most part, raging superficial assholes.
Jeremy Renner recently starred in the latest Bourne film — The Bourne Legacy — as Aaron Cross, a recruit to the same program that created the Jason Bourne character; that fourth film was set simultaneously to the third installment — The Bourne Ultimatum — starring Matt Damon. Legacy received mixed reviews and performed slightly better than expected earning $46 million in its opening weekend, but this was still significantly less than any of the Bourne films starring Matt Damon, triggering concerns of the franchise’s sustainability with Damon’s decision not to continue appearing in it.
In this context, Universal’s decision to tap Justin Lin as director for the upcoming fifth Bourne film makes total sense.