Matt Damon opted not to return to the Bourne series for a fourth outing, but that isn’t stopping Universal. The studio promoted the writer of the first three films, Tony Gilroy, to direct The Bourne Legacy, and it has concocted a new character, played by Jeremy Renner, to take Jason Bourne’s place. Despite all this, it does look intriguing. Am I a sucker?
The first description is below:
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.
Fans of the book series may also know that The Bourne Legacy was the first of the Bourne books not written by series creator Robert Ludlum. It and five sequels were written by Eric Van Lustbader, with another book on the way in 2012. All of these novels starred Jason Bourne, so the film series has already veered from the books in a significant way, though from what I have read, they were only loose interpretations in the first place.
The first trailer for The Bourne Legacy is below. It hits theaters August 3, 2012.