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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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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Something about this pre-holiday week has set sequel news on fire, and there are news bites about sequels of just about every possible variation. In this edition of sequel bits:
- Oops, CBS reported a Big Lebowski sequel that does not, and will not exist
- The Expendables 2 gets a tie-in video game
- Think Like a Man gets a follow-up movie
- The Bourne Legacy producer hopes the next installment might bring together Matt Damon and Jeremy Renner
- Todd Phillips says the third Hangover is really the last
- Peter Berg doesn’t rule out the possibility of Hancock 2 just yet.
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Universal is planning a nice transition from the summer to fall movie seasons with the August release of The Bourne Legacy. The film is from writer/director Tony Gilroy (who co-wrote with Dan Gilroy) and outlines a new branch of the spy storyline created in the three Bourne movies starring Matt Damon.
This time, Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Avengers, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) is the memory-challenged super-spy who is embroiled in a violent plot. Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach, and Oscar Isaac are also new additions to the Bourne series, and a new trailer shows off some of their work. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Yep, Scary Movie 5 is happening, but will its stars return? Anna Faris isn’t sure. Also after the jump:
- Sony unveils two more clips from Men in Black 3
- Tony Gilroy talks balancing old and new in The Bourne Legacy
- Check out some concept art for TRON: Uprising
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Here’s the Japanese teaser trailer for The Bourne Legacy, in which previous Bourne series writer Tony Gilroy directs Jeremy Renner in a film that expands the fictional world of the Bourne films. Renner isn’t the successor to Matt Damon exactly; rather, he’s a parallel character in the same world. Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz are featured in addition to Renner.
While there isn’t too much new footage here, there is just enough to be worth a look, especially as we were pretty impressed with the US teaser. Read More »
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Part sequel, part spin-off, but all action-packed spy thriller, The Bourne Legacy is the rare live action summer blockbuster without aliens or superheros. It stars Jeremy Renner as an agent who, much like Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne of the first three films, is a highly trained killing machine, triggered into action in a story related to the events of those first three movies. Tony Gilroy, the screenwriter of the earlier Bourne films, who also happens to be an Oscar-nominated director, is at the helm with a supporting cast including new additions Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz as well as series regulars Albert Finney, Joan Allen and Scott Glenn.
New photos from the film have come online revealing our first look at Norton’s villain in the film and Gilroy confirmed that the shakey-cam action style pioneers in the first movies won’t be present here. There’s that and much more after the break. Read More »