Though The Bourne Legacy didn’t seem to perform quite as well as Universal might have hoped, it did make $267 million worldwide and was apparently successful enough both financially and creatively for Universal to start active development on a sequel.
Anthony Peckham, who wrote Invictus for Clint Eastwood and the first of the Robert Downey Jr/Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes outings, has been hired to write the script. The film will continue the story of Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross, the medically enhanced operative who was part of the Treadstone-adjacent program known as Outcome, but ended up on the run when the security types behind the various programs decided to burn them down following the Jason Bourne incident.
Peckham’s announcement comes as something of a surprise, since Tony Gilroy has been the man primarily writing (and, in the case of Legacy, also directing) on the Bourne series to date. We wonder if this means he won’t be involved at all going forward, and who will step in to shoulder the burden?