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)
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 October 15
Updated October 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
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.”

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