If there's one thing we know about Jason Bourne and his fellow secret agents it's that they are survivors. Whatever it takes to survive, they'll do. Kill a guy with a pen? Travel from country to country under a series of assumed identities? Drive a car backwards down the interstate? Done, done and done.
So it should be no surprise that according to Deadline, Universal has just announced that they are moving "The Bourne Legacy" from August 3 to August 10 in order to avoid being steamrolled by "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Total Recall."
Hey, the film may not have Matt Damon, but it clearly still has those survival instincts going full bore.
Of course, it's more than possible for two hit movies to co-exist peacefully at the box office; just two weeks ago, for instance, "Madagascar 3' and "Prometheus" both opened on the same day to big time numbers.
But those are two very different films, while "The Bourne Legacy," "Total Recall" and "The Dark Knight Rises" all fall into the same kind of butt-kicking male action demographic. And even though "The Dark Knight Rises" comes out on July 20, Universal figured it would be wiser just to put things off another week and get the spotlight to itself, especially since they're trying the rather tricky task of re-launching the franchise with a spinoff featuring Jeremy Renner instead of Damon.
So will the new August 10 date pay dividends for Universal and "The Bourne Legacy?" We have a feeling that, one way or another, the film will find a way to survive this summer's crowded box office.
After all, that's what Bourne does best.