The chase is on at Universal Studios Florida, as “The Bourne Stuntacular” has begun technical rehearsals, showing off the brand-new stunt show to guests.
The show features a combination of storytelling, extreme stunts, high-tech, automated traveling props, and a massive LED screen alongside practical effects to immerse the audience in the world of Jason Bourne.
During this period of technical rehearsal, the stunt show will be available for guests to experience on a limited, unscheduled basis as the show receives its finishing touches ahead of the official opening.
Inspired by Universal Pictures’ “Bourne” film franchise, this show was developed in partnership with the filmmakers to create an all-new original storyline that takes place within the Bourne universe.
“It was so rewarding to work closely with the Universal Orlando team to create an experience that is authentic to the ‘Bourne’ films,” said Frank Marshall, producer of the “Bourne” franchise. “After watching the show several times and providing the team with creative input, I can truly say The Bourne Stuntacular not only stays true to the essence of the films, but also delivers next-level action that will make guests feel like they are by Jason Bourne’s side.”
Once inside the attraction, guests will find themselves surrounded by images, clips, and actual props from the films, including the car from the iconic chase scene in “The Bourne Identity,” and Jason’s motorcycle from “The Bourne Ultimatum.” After heading into mission headquarters, guests will be briefed by Nicky Parsons (Julia Stiles), Bourne’s main confidant in the films, who needs help ensuring that he isn’t being fooled by double agents. Then, as guests enter the theater, they’ll follow Bourne as he travels through the cities of Tangier, Washington, D.C. and Dubai to uncover classified information while trying to evade danger at every turn.
The show features a variety of advanced technology, live-action stunts and special effects, including:
- An LED screen that measures 3,640-square feet at 130 feet wide and 28 feet tall
- Advanced projection mapping that projects images on top of moving scenes
- One of the largest structures ever created for a Universal show—a lift sitting beneath the stage measuring nearly 20 feet wide that is capable of lifting and rotating two vehicles 280-degrees
- The lift raises and lowers vehicles independently from seven feet beneath the stage to above stage level
- All principal stunt trainers have doubled for A-list celebrities in some of the most popular action films and TV shows of all time
- The performers and technicians have trained for more than eight months to prepare and learn the show’s technical systems and choreography
- There are two high free-falls in the show, with one reaching 22 feet from atop a Dubai apartment building
- Performers interact with high-tech props beneath the stage on lifts, stage right and left on automated traveling scenery, and from overhead on a helicopter, a wrecking ball, ladders and more
- Eight moving set pieces range from a three-wheeled motorcycle, a tower in a Tangier marketplace, and the front entrance of a mansion
- Guests can feel the wind from a helicopter overhead, the blast of a steam boiler, several explosions, flames reaching 20 feet high, and more
To ensure proper social distancing during this period, Universal Orlando is implementing new procedures to their indoor theaters, including spacing between travel parties and assisting guests with seating and exiting the theater to avoid congestion. Show capacity will be limited and wait times can be longer than usual to experience a show. Cleaning procedures will also be increased and high-touch surfaces will be sanitized between each show. All guests are required to wear a face covering while watching “The Bourne Stuntacular.”
This stunt show replaced the previous “Terminator 2: 3-D” stunt show, which closed back in 2017. You can watch the full final performance of the show in the video below:
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