EXCLUSIVE: There’s bad news and good news on The Bourne Identity franchise front. First, the bad: Matt Damon definitely isn’t returning to reprise Jason Bourne in The Bourne Legacy, the next installment of the series based on the Robert Ludlum thriller series that Universal Pictures is hellbent on putting in production next spring for an August, 2012 release. The good: it turns out that even though Damon has been uninvolved in this new picture–he found out Tony Gilroy was directing when Deadline Hollywood broke the story–the film Gilroy is writing with his brother Dan has actually created some much-needed breathing room that insiders feel will make it easier for Damon to eventually come back for at least one more Jason Bourne turn. When Deadline recently revealed Gilroy would direct the script he has been working on since last spring, Universal would only say the picture was going forward whether or not Damon came back. Actually, Gilroy has smartly decided to remove the focus from Bourne, and expand the franchise mythology. He’s creating new characters and will tell a different story about the parent company behind the murderous shadow government operation Treadstone, which brainwashed covert agents like Bourne and turned them into remorseless killers. I’m told the new protagonist will be another agent and it sounds like he’ll be another who went through experiences similar to Bourne or rival assassins like the one played by Clive Owen in the original. The plot … Read More »
Bourne Again: Why Tony Gilroy’s Film Could Help Fuel Matt Damon’s Eventual Return
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