Bourne again

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Russell Crowe. Picture: AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis.

  • Bourne again *

Matt Damon may have bowed out of the Bourne series after three films but it doesn't seem to have hurt the franchise.

The Bourne Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner, Ed Norton and Rachel Weisz, has rocketed straight to the top of the Australian box office.

The fourth film in the series based on the Robert Ludlum novels took in $4.2 million at the weekend, more than double its nearest rival, the Australian production The Sapphires.

The Sapphires showed staying power to remain No. 2 in its second week of release, raking in almost $2 million, only slightly down from its opening.

Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises dropped from No. 1 to No. 3 in its fifth week of release.

  • Tower collapse *

Warner Bros. has officially passed on developing a multi-tiered adaptation of Stephen King's epic The Dark Tower series - the second studio to do so.

The studio had been linked to the project - which was to consist of three movies and a tie-in TV miniseries featuring the same cast - after Universal Pictures passed on it last summer.

However according to trade paper Variety, a Dark Tower adaptation is now on indefinite hold after Warner Bros turned the project down at the weekend.

Ron Howard was attached to direct at least the first part of the series which weaves the saga of Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger.

Russell Crowe was said to have been interested in the role of the Gunslinger.