As if to prove the theory that a successful franchise can never really die, The Bourne Legacy keeps trucking without star Matt Damon, the character he played or the  director of the most recent two films in the series Paul Greengrass. It makes a lot of sense really. I mean, how many people really turned up to see the other films because of Damon or Greengrass? Robert Ludlum’s “Bourne” is simply shorthand for a certain style of adult-skewing spy thriller. Bourne is a brand like Apple or Coca Cola. The Bourne Legacy is like Coke Zero.

Tony Gilroy, the screenwriter of the previous films and the writer/director of Michael Clayton, slips into the director’s chair while Jeremy Renner plays an altogether new hero.

Check out the teaser trailer and the official synopsis after the jump.

“The narrative architect behind the Bourne film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: The Bourne Legacy. The writer/director expands the Bourne universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films. For The Bourne Legacy, Renner joins fellow series newcomers Rachel Weisz, Edward Norton, Stacy Keach and Oscar Isaac, while franchise veterans Albert Finney, Joan Allen, David Strathairn and Scott Glenn reprise their roles.”

via: Apple

6 Responses to “The Bourne Legacy – “Jason Bourne was the tip of the iceberg””

  1. Looks good. I find the Greengrass films are okay, but incoherent at times. Having Renner take over the “agent gone rogue” position in this franchise doesn’t strike me as anything worse than a new actor slipping into the role of Bond. It’s not like the character of Jason Bourne was ever really compelling enough on his own for his absence to be a terribly big deal.

  2. I like the intensity of the Greengrass films, but they were incoherent at times. I’ve always preferred Liman’s original take, even if Clive Owen was criminally underused. I whince at the premise that they’ve created yet *another* rogue super soldier/spy, but I’m glad they’ve branched off with a new character entirely. This looks like it has potential, and I think Renner is more than capable for the role.

  3. Yeah, a big part of why I’m in favor of this is that Renner can easily handle carrying this film. In addition to the great cast of new and old performers, and especially Gilroy behind the camera, it feels like all the really important parts of the “Bourne” team are present. This might actually be the first film of this series I’ll bother to see in the theater.

  4. the editing in the greengrass films is what kills it for me. I don’t understand the appeal of having a cut every 2 seconds

  5. I really enjoyed the work Liman and, more particularly, Greengrass did to make the series visually arresting and exciting. I appreciate that the latter’s frenetic editing style didn’t work for everyone but I thought it elevated what was otherwise fairly regular genre fare into art. I’m not a Gilroy fan as I found the direction of Michael Claymation leaden.

  6. I’m kind of indifferent to the whole series, but it’s one that has always had promise and I hope they can tap it here.

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