It seems you can take Matt Damon out of the role, but you can’t take the role out of Matt Damon (…no wait, …that isn’t right, is it?). Well, yeah, I guess you know what we mean anyway. It seems that Matt Damon has kept up his promise on returning to the Bourne franchise on one principle, if his partner in crime director Paul Greengrass agreed to come back. This leaves a few questions out in the open such as, where does this leave Renner Bourne Legacy sequel? Will it be getting shelved indefinitely, or will Renner become embroiled in part 5 of the monolithic franchise that has made 1.2 billion worldwide? (more…)
The Bourne Legacy
There is no argument that Jeremy Renner is a badass. Between his turn as William Brandt in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and his brief but wonderful scenes as Hawkeye through several Marvel movies, to name just a few examples, Renner has more than proved his level of baddassery. When the fourth movie in the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy, was announced and director Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum) decided to step aside with series star Matt Damon immediately following suit, Renner seemed like the perfect choice to carry on the super spy torch. Unfortunately, while Renner did a fantastic job in his role, Legacy grossed almost $200mil less than its most recent predecessor. While this was in no way a franchise killer (Legacy still grossed over $276mil worldwide and a sequel is in the works), it did leave fans a bit nostalgic for Damon’s Jason Bourne. Well, a new report from Deadline suggests that fans of the series may have a bit to be excited for as it appears that Damon and Greengrass will be returning to the world of Bourne. (more…)
There are two different classes of Jason Bourne movies: the Paul Greengrass-directed action classics (Supremacy, Ultimatum) and the “Other Two” (Identity, Legacy). It really isn’t that Doug Liman’s The Bourne Identity is bad, it’s just that Greengrass helped usher in a new style of chaotically shot and cut actions films with his as-hated-as-it-is-loved “shaky-cam” style (Legacy, on the other hand, is undeniably terrible). However, the one constant that runs through the quality Bourne films is Matt Damon, whose performance as the memory-wiped super assassin proved that he could shake his seemingly typecast “nice guy” persona and mold a character that, for the time, felt distinctly outside of his comfort zone.
In what seems to be a continued disregard for the mental well-being of Jeremy Renner (whose turn as faux-Bourne in the still financially successful Bourne Legacy is merely passable at best), Matt Damon has now said he’d be “open” to reprising the role. Only he has a few stipulations for the studio in order to get him back in the super spy saddle.
The fine people at Universal have brought us another look at the upcoming re-launch of the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy. There are also some new indications as to where the plot’s going in this new film, which subs Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne for Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross.
Combining old and new characters, it seems that The Bourne Legacy follows Cross as he tries to outrun the government’s attempt to wipe out the last dregs of Treadstone. There also seems to be some significant overlap between Legacy, and the last film, The Bourne Ultimatum, with some clips and scenes from the previous film edited into the story.
So what’s next with the story of Bourne and friends? Let’s role the video tape…
Synopsis: The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.
The Bourne Legacy will be out in theaters on August 3rd.
It’s going to be a very busy summer for action star Jeremy Renner as he not only co-stars in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Hawkeye, but Renner shows off what he can do without a bow and arrow in the upcoming The Bourne Legacy, which will be released later this year on August 3rd.
Written and directed by Tony Gilroy, who penned the previous three Matt Damon-starring Bourne movies, this film takes a side look at the Bourne-iverse, and another agent from “The Outcome program” that got screwed by the man and is looking for some payback. Extreme payback!
Admittedly, we all have our concerns about this franchise going forward without either Damon or director Paul Greengrass, but can he refuse the year of Renner so out of hand? I think not.
The Bourne Legacy, stars Renner who’s joined fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn return from previous Bournes.
Check out the teaser below:
2012 is really starting to look like an awesome year for nerd cinema. The list of movies to get excited about just keeps growing and growing, and to add to the glee (but also double the torment of having to wait), USA Today posted a pile of pics from The Amazing Spiderman, Prometheus, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Avengers, Brave, Men In Black 3, Snow White and the Huntsman and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter today.
There is not one picture here that doesn’t send me into geekgasms of bliss. Oh, before I forget, you’re also going to get your first look at Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy.
Contain your joy, and hit the jump for the pics.
Wow, that was FAST!
It seems that Jeremy Renner, who burst into theaters in The Hurt Locker, has rapidly become the new “it” man.
Universal Pictures announced a short time ago that Renner has officially been cast as the new Jason Bourne in the reboot/prequel entitled The Bourne Legacy!
Director Tony Gilroy originally wanted Oscar Issac from Sucker Punch to star in the film, but thankfully the studio didn’t approve. I’m actually excited for this, as Renner has the action and bad-ass chops to pull it off.
He just finished filming Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol, currently making Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, and he is playing Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye) in Marvel Studios upcoming film The Avengers directed by Joss Whedon.
Do you think of Renner (I’m biased, as I’m a huge Marvel and Hawkeye fan)? Is he up to the task to be be Bourne?
Let us know in the comments!