Jeremy Renner Is Bourne Again As Universal Starts Work On Fifth 'Bourne' Flick

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by Kevin Jagernauth
August 2, 2013 3:37 PM
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Get out the chems, and get ready to run as Jason Bourne Aaron Cross is getting ready to kick some more ass. While the side-quel/spin-off "The Bourne Legacy" did solid if not exactly spectacular business (it's the lowest grosser in the franchise, but also did about the same numbers as Matt Damon's first time at bat in the series), it was enough for Universal to start considering a fifth film. In fact, not long after it hit theaters the studio confirmed a sequel was in the works, and earlier this year it was said they were "actively working" on it. And today comes more firm word.

Deadline reports that Anthony Peckham has been hired to write the script, a pretty significant change in gears. As fans of the series know, Tony Gilroy has been involved since day one building the world of Jason Bourne as a writer, and then getting in the director's chair for last year's "The Bourne Legacy." Peckham is notably the scribe behind "Sherlock Holmes," which perhaps suggests Universal tried going the brainier route with 'Legacy,' didn't like the results, and wants to try something on a broader, bigger and on a more tentpole friendly scale. In short: they want the fifth entry to be huge.

But they'll have to do so without Matt Damon, who has long said he won't consider returning the franchise without Paul Greengrass, and moreover doesn't really see how his character can still work in the new story that has been put in motion. "I think it's going to make it harder for us to make another one. I'm just trying to figure out like… Because they used our characters, anything that happens in that world, that's the 'Bourne' world now. So the pill popping and all that stuff happens," he told us last year while also being a bit cagey on both Jason and Aaron appearing in the same movie.

"I love Jeremy and I'm a huge fan of him and I know him personally and love him outside of work, too. But I just don't know what that story would be. I could never see Bourne teaming up with anyone. And all he said was—he wanted out, he wanted out, he wanted out. So how do you get that character going again?" he continued.

No word yet if any of the other 'Legacy' cast members—Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton, particularly—will be back, but the script will pick up from that storyline. Things still seem to be a ways off, but it looks like Aaron will once again have to watch his back.

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12 Comments

  • Alan B | August 2, 2013 7:45 PMReply

    Hey guys, your own writer called it "heady", "fresh" and "complex": "if you're looking for a traditional sequel though, you'll probably be disappointed". Yeah, that's the reason it sucked, because I was expecting a "traditional sequel". It's MY FAULT the film had a ridiculously bloated first act, a bland and superficial relationship between the leads and Norton giving thousand hard stares every two seconds. Thank you Taylor, though: your review taught me never to trust a single thing you ever wrote again.

  • Alan B | August 3, 2013 3:35 AM

    Wow, this is great! The writers and editors of this website are so pathetic that they allow others to impersonate me or they do so themselves. Wouldn't be a surprise, either way.

  • Alan b | August 3, 2013 3:18 AM

    I me mine I me mine I me mine

  • Aliceish | August 2, 2013 11:28 PM

    Well said. Gilroy spent 30 minutes on a backstory that would have taken Greengrass about 5. Except, of course, Greengrass would have thrown out all of Gilroy's lame ideas.

  • Queen Crier | August 2, 2013 8:44 PM

    This guy is seriously the most hilarious drama queen ever. Every written piece he doesn't like becomes a 9/11-esque, NEVER FORGET.

  • Manny | August 2, 2013 4:46 PMReply

    Has anybody else noticed that Universal makes these pointless non-time sensitive announcements every time Damon is out promoting some other movie? They are not playing very nice. No wonder he doesn't want anything to do with them.

  • Thesaurusrs | August 2, 2013 4:35 PMReply

    The last one was beyond stupid and they're going STUPIDER? They should just make it a horror movie and call it "The Un-Bourne".

  • Mark | August 2, 2013 4:13 PMReply

    The Bourne Legacy was bland crap. The series is done and dusted. Too bad Universal will exploit anything for a fast buck. Next announcement will be Kurtzman and Orci coming in to do a second draft.

  • Frank | August 2, 2013 3:50 PMReply

    What the hell can they call this when it's already one movie removed from anything having to do with the Jason Bourne character? my vote's in for BOURNE AGAIN

  • Alan b | August 3, 2013 5:54 PM

    Haaaa. Deeeeeeee

  • Alan B | August 3, 2013 3:44 AM

    Wow, that was funny ... which - considering the comedy Sahara that is Gabe Toro's box office reports - is something I though I would never write on this blog. In one sentence, LOIASDJKABSD.KAJB has proved to be funnier and smarter than most of the writers on this website.

  • loiasdjkabsd.kajb | August 2, 2013 4:20 PM

    HOT CROSS BOURNE, then you get both characters in there.

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