Bourne Legacy

Briefly: Jeremy Renner‘s first turn as the lead of a Bourne film wasn’t quite as well-received as the first three films with Matt Damon, but that hasn’t stalled the series. Universal is now moving on a fifth film in the franchise to follow the 2012 release The Bourne Legacy, with Renner again in the lead.

Deadline reports that Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes) has been hired to script a story that will feature Renner’s Aaron Cross as the lead. There’s no real hint as to the storyline, and at this point it still seems unlikely that Matt Damon will reprise the role of Jason Bourne in any significant capacity. Also uncertain at this point is the choice to direct; while Tony Gilroy scripted earlier Bourne chapters and directed Renner in The Bourne Legacy, he’s not locked to return.

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This summer, Tony Gilroy and Jeremy Renner served up The Bourne Legacy, a Bourne movie without its title character. But those who’ve been following the franchise over the years will recall that that wasn’t always the plan.

After the success of The Bourne Ultimatum, star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass tried for years to get a fourth Bourne off the ground. They never quite managed to make it work, even with the help of screenwriters George Nolfi and Josh Zetumer. Now the actor has revealed that he also once approached Jonathan Nolan, the man behind two-thirds of Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga, to get a story sorted out. Hit the jump to read Damon’s comments.

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Matt Damon and George Clooney have a great history together on screen thanks to Syriana and the Oceans films, and now they’re set to make history together. Or re-make history, as it were. Damon is in talks to join the cast of Clooney’s Monuments Men, the film that will chronicle “a crew of art historians and museum curators who unite to recover renown works of art that were stolen by Nazis before they are destroyed.”

Clooney wrote with producing partner Grant Heslov, and will star. The rest of the cast is pretty phenomenal, too, with Daniel Craig, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin (The Artist), John Goodman, Hugh Bonneville, and Bob Balaban set to appear. Almost could be a WWII-era Oceans film; just add Brad Pitt. Deadline also says that the film will basically import all of Ben Affleck’s crew from Argo, which Clooney and Heslov also produced. It all sounds top-notch, frankly.

After the break, Damon talks about the effect The Bourne Legacy might have on his return to the Bourne series. Read More »

The next two statements are totally true. World Wrestling Entertainment is producing an animated Scooby-Doo film centering on a murder mystery at Wrestlemania, and a man shot himself in the ass while sitting down in a screening of The Bourne Legacy. After the jump, read the details on the crazy but true stories. Read More »

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‘The Bourne Legacy’ – What Did You Think?

One of the final big films of summer 2012 is Tony Gilroy‘s The Bourne Legacy, which casts Jeremy Renner as a new super agent brought up in a secret government program similar to the one that created Jason Bourne. The movie also stars Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, and Oscar Isaac. It has some of the frenetic action of the previous Bourne films, but doesn’t always hit the heights of the existing trilogy, especially the latter two films directed by Paul Greengrass.

Critics have been weighing in on the film ever since the review embargo broke earlier this week. Germain was slightly more positive about the film than many, and I tend to agree with him for reasons I’ll go into below. But we want to know what you think. Chime in below, and be aware that this series of posts always encourages spoilers. Read More »

Even with a two hour-plus run time, The Bourne Legacy feels short. Tony Gilroy, who wrote the first Bourne three films, directed this extension of the franchise which gives an intricate, chemical context to everything you loved about the first three. However, in its run time, the percentage of actual action is pretty small. When it hits, the action is big, exciting and almost always innovative. But the fights, gun battles and car chases are few and far between.

Gilroy co-wrote with his brother, Dan Gilroy, and they’ve packed the movie with loads of expository information and characters that’ll do wonders to kick start a franchise, even if it won’t do wonders for an impatient audience. This is way more in line with Gilroy’s previous directorial efforts, Michael Clayton and Duplicity, than the Bourne films, and your opinion on those will likely impact your enjoyment of The Bourne Legacy.

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LOL: “The Damon Legacy”

Story-wise, it would’ve made perfect sense to end the Bourne series after Jason Bourne’s arc came to a graceful end in 2007′s The Bourne Ultimatum. Money-wise, however, it’s another story. While all three films have done well at the box office, the Ultimatum blew the other two out of the water with a $442 million worldwide gross. There was simply no way Universal was going to let a franchise that lucrative lay fallow.

No matter, even, that star Matt Damon walked away in 2009. The studio just figured out that they could shift focus to a different character in the same universe, and Jeremy Renner was brought in to play the Bourne-esque non-Bourne figure Aaron Cross. We’ll find out next weekend how he does as the new face of the franchise, but in the meantime Funny or Die has something to say about the studio’s decision.

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