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Matt Damon's Loyalty To Paul Greengrass & Friction With Tony Gilroy May Prevent Another Movie For Jason Bourne

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2011 9:30 AM
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It's pretty rare for nice guy Matt Damon to stick the knife in anyone, but when he spoke to GQ recently, his candid remarks about screenwriter, and longtime Bourne series scribe Tony Gilroy, made their way around the world. Calling Gilroy's draft for "The Bourne Ultimatum" a "career-ender" and "readable" (it was later rewritten by George Nolfi and Scott Z. Burns), it was another sting sent to the screenwriter who has already had a rocky relationship with the franchise.

Youch: Matt Damon Says Tony Gilroy's 'Bourne Ultimatum' Script Was An "Unreadable Career-Ender"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2011 1:17 PM
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To say that Tony Gilroy has had a bumpy relationship with the Jason Bourne franchise would be an understatement. He has never been happy with what what Doug Liman did on "The Bourne Identity" (“Those works were never meant to be filmed,” he said dismissively about the Robert Ludlum books. “They weren’t about human behavior. They were about running to airports”) and was even less impressed by Paul Greengrass' work on "The Bourne Supremacy" ("It was sort of like a crime against the gods of storytelling," he said). But the films made money. Lots of money. And moreover, Universal didn't want to jinx their luck by trying to get new writers to take on the franchise for "The Bourne Ultimatum," so they essentially gave Gilroy everything he wanted to write the third movie. Gilroy got a shit-ton of money and added stipulations that he just had to turn in one draft, he would take no notes nor would anyone be allowed to oversee what he was doing. Prime working conditions for any writer, but according to Matt Damon, that was massive mistake.

Jeremy Renner Reveals Some 'Bourne Legacy' Details; Says He Talked To Matt Damon About The Role & Had His Worries About Taking It

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 22, 2011 10:39 AM
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What's "The Bourne Legacy," the newest film in the franchise without Matt Damon, all about? Well, it's directed by Tony Gilroy who steered "Michael Clayton" to seven Oscar nominations for his first feature-length effort, it's lead by heir-apparent star Jeremy Renner ("Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol," "The Hurt Locker") and it also includes Edward Norton, Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac, and returning members of the 'Bourne' franchise Joan Allen, Scott Glenn and Albert Finney.

Matt Damon Hasn't Got Time For Your 'Bourne Legacy' Shenanigans

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 10, 2011 1:00 AM
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For a while, the rumor was floating that the spinoff film "The Bourne Legacy" would in some way utilize Matt Damon's Jason Bourne character, possibly in a cameo. Hell, the guy's already in the title. This ignores the politics of tentpole moviemaking, as the very act of rebooting serves many strategies, one of them being, "We're sick of paying the people who bring us success." So even with the 'Bourne' franchise achieving ever-escalating box office grosses ($442 million worldwide on the last entry), Damon, director Paul Greengrass and Universal couldn't reach a suitable agreement regarding a fourth film, leading to the significantly cheaper team of director Tony Gilroy and star Jeremy Renner.

Edward Norton To Play 'The Bourne Legacy' Villain Opposite Jeremy Renner

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 12, 2011 12:49 PM
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Damn, this is major fine casting. Edward Norton is in negotiations to play the villain in Tony Gilroy's "The Bourne Legacy" which is already set to star "The Hurt Locker" lead Jeremy Renner. Currently there are no further details on Norton's role, how it will play into Gilroy's continuation of the 'Bourne' saga, but we know that Matt Damon won't be returning and by all accounts this is a side-story that exists within the realm of the greater 'Bourne' universe.

Tony Gilroy Wants Joel Edgerton For 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2011 8:33 AM
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Studio Eyes James McAvoy Or Shia LaBeouf But May Want Aussie Actor For 'Snow White & The Huntsman'Aussie actor Joel Edgerton is on the cusp of making a major mark in Hollywood. The 36-year-old actor has never been lacking for work. Acclaimed turns in "The Square" and "Animal Kingdom" put him firmly on the Hollywood radar and 2011 is already shaping up to be a helluva year as he's already set for the Tom Hardy MMA flick "Warrior" and the big budget "The Thing" prequel. He's also currently filming the indie flick "The Odd Life of Timothy Green." All that's left for the actor to solidify his place among the top leading men is a franchise, and it looks like he's got a couple to choose from.

Luke Evans Says He's Still In The Mix For Tony Gilroy's 'The Bourne Legacy'; Script Under Wraps

  • By The Playlist
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  • April 3, 2011 8:33 AM
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WONDERCON, SAN FRANCISCO: Yesterday at WonderCon in San Francisco Relativity Media brought the core group involved with this coming fall’s “Immortals” for its first big push for the film following the poster reveal on Friday. On hand to discuss the film were director Tarsem Singh ("The Fall," "The Cell"), producer Mark Canton ("300," "Piranha 3D"), Henry Cavill ("Superman: Man of Steel"), Luke Evans ("The Three Musketeers," "Clash of the Titans"), and Isabel Lucas ("Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen").

Is Jeremy Renner Going To Get A Call From His Agent For 'The Bourne Legacy'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2011 11:08 AM
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There's no doubt that the Universal Bourne series spinoff "The Bourne Legacy" has been one of the biggest casting tickets in town. Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch, Kellan Lutz, Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer and Benjamin Walker have all been tossed around as potential actors to take on the next chapter in the franchise, but it appears one name has risen to the top that hasn't been mentioned yet.

George Nolfi Addresses The Abandoned Fourth 'Bourne' Film With Matt Damon He Wrote

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 26, 2011 8:05 AM
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With "The Adjustment Bureau" hitting theaters next week, we sat down to talk to first-time director (and writer) George Nolfi just very recently. Nolfi, who wrote "The Sentinel" and the rather gonzo, "Ocean's Twelve," endeared himself to Universal executives by working on the script for the "Bourne Ultimatum" movie, but was also contracted to write a fourth film featuring Matt Damon's return as Jason Bourne, only for director Paul Greengrass to bail on the project entirely and the studio to eventually opt for "The Bourne Legacy" as the next adventure in that cinematic universe.

Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund Among Candidates For 'The Bourne Legacy'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2011 2:36 AM
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Taylor Kitsch & Kellan Lutz Also In The RunningUpdate: Deadline reveals a few more names in contention: Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer and Benjamin Walker. So basically, everybody.

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