'Bourne Legacy' expected to film in D.C. later this year

Gotcha! Jason Bourne might come to D.C., but Matt Damon ain't Bourne no more.

Mayor Vince Gray and Crystal Palmer, the head of D.C.'s film office, went to Hollywood yesterday to meet with movie and TV execs to drum up interest in shooting in the District. And now they return bearing news from the promised land!


According to this press release, "progress was made" on these "upcoming and potential projects":

House of Cards (Netflix) is a political-thriller TV series based on the book and British miniseries of the same name. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright star, and David Fincher (The Social Network) is listed as an executive producer. The pilot, along with 13 episodes, will be filmed in 2012.

Veep (HBO). You know about this one already. The HBO series stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a former senator who becomes vice president, nothing is what she expected, yadda yadda yadda. Veep filmed here briefly in late March, and the film office says HBO is "strongly considering filming a number of days in the District." Which means, "strongly considering filming in Charlotte and Baltimore instead."

NCIS (CBS) is that CSI ripoff starring that guy from Stealing Home, who plays an agent in the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Executive producer Charles Johnson would film here three to four times a year if the District creates an incentive program attractive to the producers of episodic TV series, according to the film office.

The Bourne Legacy (Universal) will be, in the words of the film office, "the fourth installment of the adventures of rogue CIA agent Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) and the Bourne Identity franchise. The film is expected to shoot in Washington, DC in the fall/winter of 2011." This is all very exciting, except that Matt Damon is no longer Jason Bourne. Jeremy Renner is. Still, we'll take it — especially since Ed Norton's playing the guy who Bourne probably kills in some swift, brutal fashion at the end of the film.

Argo (Warner Brothers). We won't be getting Damon, so Ben Affleck will have to do. This movie "is the true story of how the CIA, with help from Hollywood, used a fake movie project to smuggle hostages out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis," says the film office. "Though the story is based primarily in the Middle East, Argo plans to film in the District sometime in the fall/winter of 2011." Affleck is set to direct and star, but I'm much more excited about the idea of co-star Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) coming to town. I need a little something extra to get me through the work day.

Lastly, Jeopardy! (SONY Pictures/CBS) might film in D.C. for the third time. The press release says Jeopardy! is our mayor’s favorite television show, which sounds about right.

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