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Producer Frank Marshall Says Next 'Bourne' Film Will Follow Jeremy Renner & Rachel Weisz

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by The Playlist
July 21, 2012 12:42 PM
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A few months ago, producer Frank Marshall said his "dream" was for Jeremy Renner and Matt Damon to star in a 'Bourne' film together. Spit out the other end of chinese-whisper reporting, in some circles, that became "Frank Marshall says Matt Damon will star in 'Bourne 5.' " But in fact, that doesn't seem to be the case, at least for the moment.

Marshall clarified his comments at the press day for "The Bourne Legacy" this past weekend and said the next film in the series will continue on with the two new characters presented in the film: Aaron Cross, played by Jeremy Renner and Dr. Marta Shearing played by Rachel Weisz.

Asked where the franchise goes from here, either with Bourne, Aaron Cross or even another new Treadstone agent, Marshall replied, "Well, I think that all those possibilities are open, but we're gonna follow Jeremy's character. But everything else is wide open. That's the great thing about where we are now, the table is set to go any direction we want to, but we will, for sure, follow Jeremy and Rachel and see what happens ."

This echoes comments made by Tony Gilroy in a recently published interview we conducted with the director of the action drama. The filmmaker said if the picture connects with audiences and spawns a sequel, there are plenty of places to go next. “If this [film] works," he says of "The Bourne Legacy,” “It will very nicely clear some fields to the horizon that are legitimate, interesting things to play with that aren't cheesy."

During the press conference Renner also said that him "reaching out" to Matt Damon about the film had been miscontrued. "No, we didn't reach out to each other at all and never spoke really creatively about it. I only inadvertently sort of ran into him -- I've known him for years -- but I inadvertently ran into him before we started and more just had a good time at a birthday party. That was about it."

Of course, this doesn't rule out future team-ups of Aaron Cross and Jason Bourne, but it seems that the next film will at least start with Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz's characters. For his part, Renner's just excited to see what comes next. "As for the future," he said, "I'm excited that the architects and creators behind this sort of thing have cleverly left it wide open for fans like myself wondering what the heck's going to go on next." "The Bourne Legacy" opens in theaters on August 10th;  for more on the film, check out our extensive and exclusive interview with Tony Gilroy. -- reporting by Ryan Gowland

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12 Comments

  • Anasazi | July 23, 2012 8:19 AMReply

    Whine, whine, whine. The 'Damon or nothing' fanboys are sad. Damon dropped out, he wasn't forced out at gunpoint and if they are able to tell a compelling story without him, why the hell not? The whining would have more crediblity if we'd all seen it and people were making informed criticisms. As it is, this is the cinematic equivalent of throwing one's toys out of the pram because you're favourite character isn't in something. Feel free to not see it and gripe at home but leave the rest of us movie-goers to enjoy it.

  • Ronnied | July 22, 2012 11:19 PMReply

    UR MOM | JULY 21, 2012 10:30 PM

    "Honestly, I don't care about Matt Damon and many don't either. The movie looks good and Jeremy is a great actor. What movie were you watching when you saw the trailer? Were there any kids when the guy said F***? @_@" - urmom

    You could not be more off; people love Matt Damon, and he is a far more proven actor than Jeremy Renner, however good you wanna argue Jeremy Renner is. Bourne is not bourne without Matt Damon.

  • Ur worst nightmare | July 23, 2012 10:29 AM

    Ur Mom didn't say people hate Matt Damon, she said that they don't mind having this movie without him. I also think this movie can do better without him. So, the stupid fanboys can SUCK IT UP!!

  • bourne fan | July 21, 2012 10:32 PMReply

    If they wanted to avoid "cheesy" then they shouldn't have flown Renner all over the place on wires. Who is he, spiderman, or tarzan, I can't decide. Ridiculous.

  • kacey | July 21, 2012 7:20 PMReply

    weisz and renner are very solid actors , i'll see this for them

  • maurice | July 21, 2012 3:05 PMReply

    renner has become one of my favorite actors i can't wait to see him in this

  • Madmen | July 21, 2012 2:54 PMReply

    "I've known him for years". Is Renner trying to pretend he & Damon are friends? He said recently they had only met at the Oscars. Weasel.

  • Jeri | July 23, 2012 8:20 AM

    What does it matter?

  • Keane | July 22, 2012 12:31 AM

    Busted! Good catch, Madmen. I hate it when actor try and act like best buds when they are barely acquainted. What a phony.

  • Beck | July 21, 2012 2:39 PMReply

    Last night after the trailer some guy in my theater yelled "where the eff is Matt Damon!". Me too dude. I hate they gave Renner super strength.

  • Ur mom | July 21, 2012 10:30 PM

    Honestly, I don't care about Matt Damon and many don't either. The movie looks good and Jeremy is a great actor. What movie were you watching when you saw the trailer? Were there any kids when the guy said F***? @_@

  • kingslayer | July 21, 2012 1:11 PMReply

    i'm excited for this but lets see how good the movie is first before we are talking sequel

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