Jeremy Renner for ‘The Bourne Legacy’?

Tony Gilroy has been working on securing a lead for the film and possible franchise that he and Universal are spinning off from the Bourne films. This isn’t a reboot, remember, put a sort of parallel set of stories that will mostly stand on their own but also shed some light on the existing Bourne movies.

We’ve heard about possible actors to lead the new film, and now an offer is reportedly going out to Jeremy Renner. Will he be the new Bourne… er, Bourne-like guy? Read More »

The last time we checked in on casting for The Bourne Legacy, it seemed that basically every male actor under a certain age was being considered for the lead. Now it looks like casting is narrowing down a bit as the film moves forward. We can’t say for sure which names have been eliminated, but we do know which actors are scheduled for screen tests at the moment: Joel Edgerton, Dominic Cooper, Luke Evans and Garrett Hedlund (who, along with Alex Pettyfer, seems to be up for every major role in Hollywood these days). A few other names are still in the running as well. Read more after the jump.

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Oscar-nominated writer/director Tony Gilroy is looking for an assassin to replace Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne in The Bourne Legacy, the fourth Bourne film, scheduled for release August 3, 2012. According to Variety, his list includes Jake Gyllenhaal, Tobey Maguire, Garrett Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch and Kellan Lutz. Deadline is reporting a much longer list though, which includes those names as well as Joel Edgerton, Josh Hartnett, Paul Dano, Michael Pitt, Oscar Isaac, Michael Fassbender, Luke Evans, Alex Pettyfer, and Benjamin Walker, though several might have scheduling conflicts. Read more about how Gilroy will come to a decision, and the film itself, after the jump. Read More »

This week Universal Pictures got the urge to fill out the company’s calendar for the next couple of years. Yesterday we heard that the studio has dated Judd Apatow’s as-yet-untitled new film for summer 2012. Now there is a flood of new release dates for the studio, for a diverse array of films. Hit the jump for release info for Safe House, The Dark Tower and more. Read More »


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Time for an incremental update on The Bourne Legacy, aka the fourth film in the Bourne series. Co-written by Tony and Dan Gilroy and directed by Tony Gilroy, the film will take place in the same murkily bureaucratic world of espionage as the other films in the series (which Tony Gilroy also wrote) but feature a new protagonist.

We’ve known that Matt Damon likely wouldn’t return in any capacity to play Jason Bourne in this chapter, and in a new chat Mr. Gilroy offers up a few more details about what we can expect to see in a Bourne film without the star that powered three previous pictures. Read More »


When we heard that Tony Gilroy would be writing and directing the fourth Bourne film, called The Bourne Legacy, a lot of quesitons came to mind. Chief among them was whether Matt Damon might return as titular hero Jason Bourne.

Now Mr. Gilroy has cleared up some of the lingering questions, and put right a few details he didn’t think were properly reported in the first place. One big point is that there will be no Jason Bourne, and consequently no Matt Damon in the new film. Read More »


Bad blood never lasts, especially when money and creative control are applied to cleanse a wound.

At one point there seemed to be some pretty serious unhappiness between Tony Gilroy and various other parties involved in the Bourne films. While doing press for Michael Clayton, Tony Gilroy hadn’t seen the just-released The Bourne Ultimatum, and his displeasure at the trajectory of the series wasn’t veiled at all. He called that third film a paycheck gig, aka the job that allowed him to do Michael Clayton, and never hid his resentment at the way his script for the second film was treated by director Paul Greengrass.

But Gilroy has written a script for a fourth Bourne film, currently called The Bourne Legacy, and is now in talks to direct. Will Matt Damon return? (Don’t bet on it.) Read More »

Tony Gilroy Returns to Write Bourne 4


After The Bourne Ultimatum was released in 2007, Fox quickly announced development on a fourth Bourne movie. First we heard, producer Frank Marshall was hoping to begin shooting next Summer for a 2010 release. Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon had  signed on, and George Nolfi (co-writer on Bourne Ultimatum, but he also wrote Ocean’s Twelve) was hired to write the script.

Rumor had it that the next film in the series would not even be loosely based on one of the novels, but would instead be an entirely new adventure (with a possible South American destination). From what I understand, the sequels to the original Robert Ludlum novels left much to be desired (not that they stuck close to the storyline of the books anyways).

In August, Matt Damon said that they don’t yet “have a story and we don’t have a script” and Universal moved on and hired another screenwriter Josh Zetumer to write what is being described as “a parallel script” after Nolfi was forced to depart from the project to ready The Adjustment Bureau. Gressgrass has recently publicly departed from the project, and Damon has always insisted that he “wouldn’t do it without [Paul Greengrass] .” Damon has since said that a fourth film will “probably be a prequel of some kind with another actor and another director.”

So what is happening with the fourth film in the Bourne series? We have a major update…

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Tony Gilroy Rewrote Red Dawn


Carl Ellsworth and Jeremy Passamore penned the original draft of the remake of Red Dawn, originally written and directed by John Milius. But Latino Review reports that Tony Gilroy, Bourne writer and writer/director of Michael Clayton and Duplicity, has been brought on to rewrite the script. That report says his draft has already been turned in, and AICN follows up with a note that Ellsworth has already been tasked with tweaking Gilroy’s work. What a wonderful town you are, Hollywood. Read More »

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In D.T. Max’s fantastic New Yorker profile on writer/director Tony Gilroy (which you should read only after you’ve seen Duplicity), Max describes how Gilroy is obsessed with the “reversal.” According to Gilroy, “A reversal is just anything that’s a surprise. It’s a way of keeping the audience interested.” As moviegoers, we’ve seen reversals plenty of times; often we’re shown something on screen, then shown the same thing again later in a completely different context, where each of element carries a drastically different significance. Movies like Memento, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Confidence, Ocean’s 11, and even Gilroy’s own Michael Clayton traffic heavily in these moments, and I see them as somewhat of a blessing and a curse. While reversals can make a second-viewing of the film equally enjoyable as the first, I quickly encounter the law of diminishing returns upon subsequent viewings, since by the fifth or sixth time I’ve seen the film, I already understand most of its mysteries. Movies with major reversals are structured in order to maximize the impact of the reversal, so they inevitably lose some of their effectiveness after that element has been revealed.

That being said, those first viewings are an absolute delight. Just as the characters in the film are trying to stay one step ahead of each other, you, the moviegoer, are constantly trying to figure out exactly what each character’s motivations are and whether or not you can really trust the depiction of events on screen. Gilroy’s latest film, Duplicity, is positioned as a corporate espionage thriller with a few double and triple-crosses sprinkled in for good measure, and it thoroughly delivers on this promise. It’s an absolute blast and shows Gilroy at the top of his form, deceiving the audience just as often as the characters in the film are deceiving each other.
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