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.
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Am I the only one who’s skeptical about this show? There aren’t a lot of details revealed here, but for a stunt show to be successful at a destination park like USF, it has to offer something above and beyond. They’ve noted the use of an LED screen that will blur the lines between live and pre-recorded action, but what has made other stunt shows successful are unique settings, props, and awe-inspiring action (Waterworld’s sea plane crashing into the arena is still the most amazing sequence in any stunt show ever created). Even T:2, which was more movie than stunt show, had that killer finale to overcome the lack of impressive stunts (something that Sinbad did far better).
I will note that while the Bourne franchise hasn’t released a movie since 2016, Treadstone is debuting this week on USA and has received some pretty scathing reviews despite a strong acting and producing pedigree. While the Bourne franchise may have higher box office receipts, I think the overall appeal of the Terminator franchise is much stronger (don’t forget that the original Terminator opened in 1984 when even blockbusters struggled to gross over $50 million, while The Bourne Identity opened in 2002). I hope Universal has something special in store here, because the show will have to overcome some malaise towards the IP similar to what had to happen with Waterworld.
Hey now, no more low-hanging fruit digs at Waterworld! I actually really enjoyed the movie, but, I’m likely one of approximately 6.2 people worldwide who did.
@Clayton – I guess you’re “that guy” who has a jar of mud autographed by The Mariner prominently displayed on a bookcase.
The problem I see here is that the Bourne Identity isn’t an unloved franchise it’s a franchise that is on it’s last leg and about to die (if it hasn’t already). While the first couple were watchable, that last one was some of the worst cinema I’ve ever seen. The Water World stunt show opened in Hollywood in 1995 the same year the movie came out. Water World the movie might have been a bomb, but we all knew what it was and there was some collective synergy between the movie and the stunt show. Bourne might not be a bomb but it’s a very tired franchise. That being said, I hope I’m wrong and that this stunt show is awesome.
I’ve always been surprised “Waterworld” was never moved to Florida. Maybe worry that it’s the California fans that keep it going or that it’s better as just one show? Just seemed odd to me.
Have my doubts here too given Bourne doesn’t have the “wow” factor Terminator does. I have to agree, an update for the old T2 show would have been better than a totally different property as just can’t see this having anywhere near the impact.
What a ridiculous name! Doesn’t exactly flow off the tongue I will reserve judgement until I have seen it but have mixed feelings as I was one of the last die-hards for Terminator. Die Hard, now there’s an IP somebody could do something rather spectacular with and Mrs Plum loves ol’ Brucey a lot more than she loves me. Is there any Die Hard attraction around the world? If not, why?
Sounds awesome. As someone who grew up with Universals great stunt shows like Miami Vice, Conan and the Wild West this is one area where Universal has severely declined. Funny that when I heard the new Uni Beijing was getting Waterworld my immediate reaction was why that tired show based on an unpopular IP when Universal has great IPS like Fast Furious and Jason Bourne that seem like natural fits for the stunt show format.
This seems like a good idea that is coming about a decade too late. The Bourne franchise peaked in popularity in the late 2000s, and since then has consisted of two underwhelming films and a new TV series that appears to be receiving rather poor reviews. With no apparent future for the franchise, I wouldn’t be surprised if they wind up with a show that runs for a few years before audiences stop showing up and it gets replaced by some other IP.
@ProfPlum I don’t see Die Hard ever being turned into a permanent attraction or show. Perhaps a seasonal show or parade, since it’s a Christmas movie.