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Definitely No Damon For Bourne Legacy
In fact, no Bourne at all

11 October 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Hollywood Elsewhere

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There were a few unanswered questions following last week's news that Tony Gilroy would be directing the next instalment in the Bourne franchise. Thanks to Hollywood Elsewhere though, we now have clarification: Matt Damon will certainly not be returning for The Bourne Legacy.

That's not because the role of superspy Jason Bourne is being re-cast. It's because Bourne isn't in the film at all. "No one's replacing Matt Damon," says Gilroy, the writer of all the Bournes so far and director of the ace Michael Clayton. "There will be a whole new hero."

If that doesn't chime with what you think you know about The Bourne Legacy, it's possibly because the film will have nothing to do with Eric Van Lustbader's novel (the fourth in the series; Lustbader continued the novels after Robert Ludlum's death). Lustbader's Legacy involved Bourne, some Chechen terrorists and a bacteriological weapon, but Gilroy says that, "It's a completely original screenplay, and we will not be using that story."

Thankfully though, we don't seem to be looking at a Next Generation or a Son of Bourne. Gilroy insists that, "This is not a reboot, it's a whole new chapter. The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal. 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 The Bourne Legacy, and everyone who got into them will be rewarded for paying attention. I'm building a legend and an environment and a wider conspiracy." 

"We're going to show you the bigger picture, the bigger canvas," Gilroy says, and concludes, tantalisingly, "The world we're making enhances and advances and invites Jason Bourne's reappearance somewhere down the road..."

Jason Bourne will return. Eventually.


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Well, given that Gilroy is the third part of the triangle that made Bourne work so well, this can't be that bad, can it? My only fear is we'll lose some of the mystery of the character. And keeping the Bourne name in it is a bit of a cop-out though. More

Posted by Ulmaceae at 20:09 on 11 October 2010 | Report This Post

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L: jmebaby25 L: BelfastBoy Sorry, but promising as the project sounds, I'm confused as to how it can be called a 'Bourne' film when Jason Bourne won't be in the film. If it doesn't feature Bourne, doesn't star Matt Damon, and will be different to the source novel, then surely it'll 'just' be a standalone thriller film? I'm guessing it'll be set in the same universe, and possibly with some familiar characters (maybe Joan Allen, Julia Stiles, the assassin from the third film - was he More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 12:57 on 11 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Right....
L: jmebaby25 L: BelfastBoy Sorry, but promising as the project sounds, I'm confused as to how it can be called a 'Bourne' film when Jason Bourne won't be in the film. If it doesn't feature Bourne, doesn't star Matt Damon, and will be different to the source novel, then surely it'll 'just' be a standalone thriller film? I'm guessing it'll be set in the same universe, and possibly with some familiar characters (maybe Joan Allen, Julia Stiles, the assassin from the third film - was he More

Posted by DazDaMan at 12:28 on 11 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Right....
L: BelfastBoy Sorry, but promising as the project sounds, I'm confused as to how it can be called a 'Bourne' film when Jason Bourne won't be in the film. If it doesn't feature Bourne, doesn't star Matt Damon, and will be different to the source novel, then surely it'll 'just' be a standalone thriller film? I'm guessing it'll be set in the same universe, and possibly with some familiar characters (maybe Joan Allen, Julia Stiles, the assassin from the third film - was he called Paz?); bu More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 10:41 on 11 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Right....
Sorry, but promising as the project sounds, I'm confused as to how it can be called a 'Bourne' film when Jason Bourne won't be in the film. If it doesn't feature Bourne, doesn't star Matt Damon, and will be different to the source novel, then surely it'll 'just' be a standalone thriller film? I'm guessing it'll be set in the same universe, and possibly with some familiar characters (maybe Joan Allen, Julia Stiles, the assassin from the third film - was he called Paz?); but even if that's the ca More

Posted by BelfastBoy at 10:16 on 11 October 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Quite an interesting way to continue the series...
Ha! Now I have no idea what to think about this. Initially I was disappointed with the announcement of a 4th film, because the wrapped up Bourne's story brilliantly with Ultimatum. Then I was gutted at the rumours that they were also going to recast Bourne. Now all of those worries seem out of the way. However, now it's just a waiting game to see whether this is actually any good. More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 09:16 on 11 October 2010 | Report This Post

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