Tony Gilroy's 'Bourne Legacy' Sequel Won't Have Jason Bourne
It was officially announced early last week that director Tony Gilroy (of Michael Clayton, Duplicity) would be taking over the Bourne franchise to bring us the fourth new sequel called The Bourne Legacy. But, of course, since Paul Greengrass won't be back, neither will Matt Damon, so this is not going to be the sequel we're all probably expecting. Gilroy called Jeff Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere after the news broke last week to give him actual details on what to expect: "This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. No one's replacing Matt Damon. There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter… this is a stand-alone project." Wow.
So no Jason Bourne, a new "hero", a fresh start, isn't that exactly what a franchise reboot is, especially if they're at least continuing with a CIA super-agent who goes on the run. "The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal," Gilroy added. "Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he's very much alive. What happened in the first three films is the trigger for what happens. I'm building a legend and an environment and a wider conspiracy… the world we're making enhances and advances and invites Jason Bourne's return [down the road]." Okay, now I'm intrigued! Gilroy is one of my personal favorite directors and I had a good feeling he would eventually take over Bourne and it sounds like he's got some very interesting plans for this.
"Everything you saw in the first three films actually happened, and everyone who got into will be rewarded for paying attention. We're going to show you the bigger picture, the bigger canvas. When you see what we're going and see what we're doing it'll be pretty obvious." The Bourne franchise had a fantastic finale in 2007 with The Bourne Ultimatum, but has been on a rocky road ever since because Universal wants more, but not many others do. They've hired countless writers to take a crack at a story and honestly I don't even know who's behind the script that Gilroy is using. Whatever the case, now we know where they're headed.