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.”
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