Universal Orlando today officially confirmed that Jason Bourne is replacing Terminator in its Universal Studios Florida mixed-media stunt show.
The Bourne Stuntacular will open this spring in the former Terminator 2: 3D theater at the park.
The Bourne Stuntacular will follow the character of Jason Bourne around the globe as sinister characters pursue him. 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, making it impossible to discern where the live action ends and the cinema begins.
The Terminator show ran for 21 years at Universal Studios Florida, closing two years ago. The Bourne franchise has out-grossed Terminator at the box office, but hasn't had a new film out since 2016. Meanwhile, Terminator has a new film coming out next month that likely will allow it to leapfrog Bourne.
But - and here's the big consideration - Terminator was licensed IP, while Universal owns the Bourne franchise. So all the more reason for Universal to go with its own. And, as Waterworld proved for theme park stunt shows, it's always more about the in-theater experience than the franchise source material, anyway.
We will find out how this new production measures up to its long-running predecessor when The Bourne Stuntacular opens in spring 2020.Tweet
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