Advertisement
  1. Arts & Entertainment

Universal adding ‘Bourne’ stunt show based on movies

The new show called the Bourne Stuntacular will debut at the Orlando theme park.
The new show called the Bourne Stuntacular will debut at Universal Studios Florida in the spring of 2020, the theme park has announced. [AP (2015)]
Published Oct. 15
Updated Oct. 16

A new stunt show based on the blockbuster Bourne film franchise “will blur the lines between stage and cinema in a hybrid form of entertainment,” Universal Orlando announced Tuesday.

The Bourne Stuntacular will debut in the park in spring 2020, based on the bone-crunching action movies starring Matt Damon as the spy who doesn’t know who he is but still remembers how to bust some heads.

According to Universal Orlando, the show will integrate large LED screens “making it impossible to discern where the live action ends and the cinema begins.” It will be located on the streets of Hollywood in the former location of the Terminator 2: 3-D attraction.

Stunts like this, performed by Matt Damon in 2002's "The Bourne Identity," will be the inspiration for the Bourne Stuntacular at Universal Orlando. [Universal Studios]

Damon played the CIA assassin in four films and was last seen as the character in 2016′s Jason Bourne. Though he has said he’s done with the role, the franchise is still going a strong with a new TV series titled Treadstone on USA Network. A new film is in development that will tie into the Treadstone television series.

Unlike other theme park stunt shows, such as the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Bourne will blend movies with live scenes using screens and special effects.

One of the most popular shows at Universal Studios Hollywood is Waterworld: A Live Sea War Spectacular. Though the movie was a flop, the stunt show has been running nearly continuously since 1995 and gets high marks from fans for cool action.

“The Bourne Stuntacular will follow the character of Jason Bourne around the globe as sinister characters pursue him,” Universal’s announcement said. “Everything fans have come to expect from the action-packed Bourne film franchise — thrilling chase scenes, punishing fistfights, death-defying leaps and danger at every turn — will happen right in front of guests with live performers, high-tech props and an immense LED screen.”

ALSO IN THIS SECTION

  1. The cast of "Floribama Shore." Season 3, which was shot in Pinellas County, premieres in November. Courtesy of MTV
    In the Floribama Shore Season 3 premiere, the crew hits St. Pete like an entire sheet cake thrown on a tile floor.
  2. USF student Gabriela Young is the owner of Earth and Ivory, an online jewelry business with items made out of clay.  [Special to the Times | Sarah Foster] SARAH FOSTER  |  Special to the Times | @sarahtheartiste
    Gabriela Young went from selling bracelets to friends to making clay wares for customers with her business, Earth and Ivory.
  3. The designs for Starbucks' 2019 holiday paper cup. Starbucks
    The coffee chain is offering the deal Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m.
  4. Left: Janis Joplin performs (AP Photo). Right: Joplin's booking photo (Courtesy of Tampa History Center). Tampa Bay Times
    Police let Joplin finish her set at Curtis Hixon Hall before arresting the singer in her dressing room.
  5. Yesterday• Arts & Entertainment
    A visitor feeds the pelicans at the Pier Bait House in St. Petersburg in 2010. Tampa Bay Times (2010)
    Plus, an expert explains how their pouches work, what to do if you catch one on a fishing hook and more.
  6. Pelicans sit on a pier along Boca Ciega Bay in Pass-a-Grille. MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Tampa Bay Times
    An old limerick ignites a quest for recognition for the big-billed friends of the city.
  7. Reba McEntire performs "Fancy" during the 53rd annual CMA Awards at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Nov. 13. MARK J. TERRILL                       |  AP
    Rascal Flatts, Charlie Wilson, 98 Degrees, Patti LaBelle and more lead the lineup.
  8. Yesterday• Arts & Entertainment
    Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado, in a photo from 2012, died recently. Mercado entertained many across Latin America for more than a decade. DENNIS M. RIVERA PICHARDO  |  AP
    My family cherished his broadcasts and his message
  9. Julie Andrews, right, and her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton, take fans' questions in a Q&A at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Nov. 13. JAY CRIDLIN  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The stage and screen icon came to Clearwater to discuss her new memoir ‘Home Work’ and a wide range of other topics.
  10. Camila Cabello performs at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium during Taylor Swift's Reputation Tour on Aug. 14, 2018. TAILYR IRVINE  | TIMES
    Catch up on today’s Tampa Bay concert announcements.
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement