The Bourne Stuntacular Debuts at Universal Studios Florida

June 29, 2020, 5:51 PM · The Universal Orlando Resort tonight is hosting an online "sneak peek" of its new mixed-media, live-action stunt show, The Bourne Stuntacular.

Guests will include producer and director Frank Marshall as well as Bourne film star Julia Stiles. Universal is promising behind the scenes looks as well as action from the show itself. We've got the preview here:

The Bourne Stuntacular has been in "technical rehearsals" for the past couple weeks and opens officially at Universal Studios Florida tomorrow, June 30.

Update: As much as I miss being at the park for an official media event, I gotta say that I would love to see more "insider" views like this one when attractions debut. You get some great looks at what Universal and its partners are doing with this show. And kudos to Universal for actually mentioning Action Horizons and some of the other organizations that it worked with to bring the show to life.

Too often, parks pretend that new attractions either just conjure up as magic, or that all the work is done in-house. But most major attractions require a team of businesses to develop, so it's refreshing to see Universal acknowledge that publicly.

Since I'm in Southern California for the lockdown, I haven't see the show in person yet. So I was a bit taken aback by one fight scene in the preview that included a crowd of non-socially-distant, non-mask-wearing observers. How could Universal put all those people on stage responsibly? Then I realized (again) that I am an idiot, and that the "crowd" was recorded on the high-definition LED screen behind the two stunt actors. Point to Universal for sucking me into the illusion there.

Anyway, I can't wait to see this show on my next trip to Orlando - whenever that might be. Early reader ratings on our The Bourne Stuntacular page have been positive. If you've seen the show, what did you think?

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Replies (7)

June 30, 2020 at 3:20 AM

When you look at the making off for T2 3D (1996) they say they took in the help of Landmark Entertainment. It has never been a problem for Universal to credit the people they work with unlike the mouse.

June 30, 2020 at 6:53 AM

Skull Island and now Bourne. Universal has sunk millions into two attractions and lost media momentum due to timing of relevant news.
Skull Islands media debut was a victim of the Pulse shooting, now Bourne due to Covid. I wonder if this is a mixed blessing? They haven't used either attractions as anchors in their advertising campaigns. They did promote the Fallon show, which is excellent.
The Skull island attraction is good, much like the USH attraction (maybe too alike). From what I've seen of the Bourne show online it reminds me of the Western Stunt show, just inside.

June 30, 2020 at 11:12 AM

It's so great seeing my old pal and former boss Deb Buynak in the video. She's hands down a good egg.

June 30, 2020 at 11:56 AM

Didn't watch the video due to spoilers but I'm really looking forward to seeing the show next year when things get back to normal. Now they need to tackle the Fear Factor area ASAP. I wish they would bring Waterworld or a new show as good as it.

The other attraction that will go soon I think is Shrek. I'm guessing Secret Life of Pets if it does well in Hollywood when it opens.

June 30, 2020 at 4:19 PM

@Francis 24

I too am hoping that Fear Factor goes away, but I’ve got my fingers crossed for a natural extension of the Harry Potter London facade, The Ministry of Magic. Hell, they could even work a time-turner into the attraction’s story and let us go back to an adventure with Newt Scamander (although one suspects he might pop up somewhere Epic rather than here).

July 1, 2020 at 12:11 PM

@fattyackin
Whatever they do will be better for sure but I doubt they would expand Harry Potter more considering their already building a new land at Epic Universe. I just want Universal to have a great show that eats up a lot of people but again anything would be better! The greatest thing would be a come back to something classic like Jaws! :)

July 1, 2020 at 12:51 PM

I got to go on the second day of technical rehearsals 2 weeks ago and actually got to see a performance with no technical difficulties (though we did wait nearly 2 hours to see it because of technical difficulties on the other showing). The show was AMAZING. I live in Vegas so I get to see a lot of cool Cirque style shows and Cirque due Soleil WISHES they could create something this seamless and cool. The special effects are some of the best I've ever seen with the screen and actors and physical set pieces all intermingling seamlessly. Even in person it's sometimes hard to tell what's real and what's not. My only problem with the whole thing is that they chose Bourne as a theme but then didn't really intertwine any Bourne storylines except for the (very boring very long) preshow.

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