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'Bourne Legacy' Producer Frank Marshall Says His Dream Is To Have Jeremy Renner & Matt Damon Star In The Next Film

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 26, 2012 6:35 PM
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How do you continue the Jason Bourne franchise without Jason Bourne? If you're Tony Gilroy, the writer/director behind "The Bourne Legacy" as well as the screenwriter who has been deeply involved in the Matt Damon-starring trilogy of films, you throw out any and all expectations. "What if there's a much larger story? What if Treadstone wasn't the only black-ops programme?" he told Empire. "I had never spent one moment thinking about how to do a sequel to 'Bourne Ultimatum.' I first came in for two weeks just to spitball. I had a very random we started with that and it got more and more exciting. All of a sudden I was staring at something that had a great deal of resonance and was soulful and uncynical and was also gonna kick ass. So that was good."

That's an understatement. Judging by trailers so far, no one is going to be asking about Matt Damon once the credits roll on 'Legacy,' a film which is still loosely tied to the narrative that unfolds in 'Ultimatum' but spins off into it's own standalone tale, with Jeremy Renner leading the way as Aaron Cross. And as Renner notes, there is one key but crucial distinction between Cross and Bourne. "He knows exactly who he is; he signed up to this...He wants to be part of a team. I can tell you he was in the military then he joined the programme. He's a person who wants to be part of something... to have a sense of purpose. But then it's taken away," he says.

That's a pretty nifty little twist on the (for lack of a better word) formula and should add a different dimension to the action flick. And it's how Gilroy has opened up the world of 'Bourne' that is most tantalizing, no less to Frank Marshall, a producer on all the movies to date, who hopes for a mega-pairing the next time out. "You see there are several different programmes in the movie with different skill sets. All possibilities are open. My dream is that in the next one we see Matt and Jeremy team up," he shares.

While we won't hold our breath for that happen, it's something to think about for sure, but as of right now our sights are set on Renner and "The Bourne Legacy" which now hits on August 10th.

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  • BigGreen | June 27, 2012 8:26 AMReply

    His drill sarg would have reamed him for posture like that! Stop slouching! Look at Damon's posture in the trilogy.

  • rollo tomasi | June 27, 2012 6:11 AMReply

    this would be awesome,but i don't think it would happen

  • jingmei | June 27, 2012 4:13 AMReply

    Everybody loves the idea that's just fucking cool. But also kinda naive it's by all means a "dream"? Maybe putting a mixture of the dudes by CG or something is more easier. ;D

  • lenij | June 26, 2012 11:55 PMReply

    well the possibility of that happening is zero

  • Stevo the Magnificent | June 26, 2012 11:34 PMReply

    Damon has stated he won't return as Bourne unless Paul Greengrass returns to direct, and as the latter won't then neither will the former, period. The 'Bourne' trilogy was fine as it was, leave it alone, if '...Legacy' works then great, but I think Jason Bourne's story has been told...

  • rayray | June 26, 2012 10:26 PMReply

    cool, august 10th can't come soon enough

  • Mr Anonymous | June 26, 2012 10:17 PMReply

    Damon and Renner in a Bourne movie together? Side by side? Would that be awesome - fuck yes! Will it happen - never gonna happen!

  • Grace0009 | June 26, 2012 8:22 PMReply

    ugh that smoulder is too sexy! wish they'd just stuck with the black and white one, omfg. can't wait for this movie.

  • sidsbowl | June 26, 2012 8:14 PMReply

    His expression in every one of these pics is identical! Can we assume that Renner is playing a petulant 3 year-old? Strength is not about scowling, son.

  • Ejthedj | June 26, 2012 8:02 PMReply

    If and when Damon comes back I'll come back.

  • kingslayer | June 26, 2012 7:44 PMReply

    i am really excited for this one, but it would be great to see renner and damon in the next one

  • ed torian | June 26, 2012 7:32 PMReply

    big renner fan, i can't wait

  • j bone | June 26, 2012 7:22 PMReply

    this is one of the movies i'm still looking forward to

  • VinJesus | June 26, 2012 6:42 PMReply

    Let me know when Bourne pops up in the Fast & Furious movies, that shit would be fresh

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