Universal announced today that it will delay the release of The Bourne Legacy until August 10th. It was originally set to come out on August 3rd but would have had stiff competition from Total Recall, which is also opening that weekend. That also puts it a little farther away from The Dark Knight Rises which is released on July 20th (Side note: Who else has their TDKR tickets already?!).
Hearing a movie's release date was pushed always makes me slightly nervous, because, you know, why are they so nervous to put it up against another movie? However, the counter-programming of the Will Ferrell comedy The Campaign will put it in a very solid position if Total Recall happens to suck and not get a big holdover audience.
The Bourne franchise definitely has a challenge as it is going to have to get audiences into theaters without its original star Matt Damon. While the trailer looks pretty spectacular and Jeremy Renner has begun to make a nice name for himself (Hello, Hawkeye) it still has a lot to prove. However, I am pretty stoked to see if they can pull off creating a new "hero" of the franchise and I fully support this decision if it helps do that.