Tony Gilroy Will Direct ‘The Bourne Legacy’

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 10th, 2013 at 12:06 am,

jason bourne1 Tony Gilroy Will Direct The Bourne Legacy

Universal Pictures has faced a rather tumultuous journey in their attempt to get a fourth Jason Bourne movie to the big screen. Fans may have felt satisfied with the closure provided by The Bourne Ultimatum, but with such a lucrative franchise in question – was there ever any doubt that we’d see another Bourne movie in some way, shape or form?

While the idea of a Bourne prequel or reboot has been tossed around, there’s ultimately very little known about which direction The Bourne Legacy will take the series in. However, Deadline is reporting that at least one important piece of the puzzle has fallen into place- Tony Gilroy has made a deal with Universal to direct the film.

Gilroy made an impressive directorial debut with 2007′s Michael Clayton and followed it up with last year’s spy thriller, Duplicity. More importantly, he wrote the three previous Bourne movies. Despite his familiarity with the series, Gilroy originally wasn’t involved with The Bourne Legacy.

Universal initially burned through several other writers and the results were evidently unsatisfactory. They hired Gilroy to fashion a new script back in June and at the time many speculated this might be an attempt on Universal’s part to woo back Paul Greengrass (who directed The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum) and star Matt Damon.

Greengrass never seemed all that interested in making a fourth installment, but he maintained that his departure had been an amicable decision between him and the studio. Nevertheless, Damon insisted that without Greengrass calling the shots he could not be persuaded to play Jason Bourne again.

There’s no definitive answer yet as to whether or not Damon’s attitude has changed, but at this point they’re ready to move forward on The Bourne Legacy with or without him.

Although Universal was hoping to get the film in theaters sometime in 2012, there is no longer a set schedule or release date. Still, the Bourne franchise remains one of their highest priorities and with Gilroy officially at the helm, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see this get fast-tracked.

We already know the film has nothing to do with the novel it borrows its title from, but Gilroy has yet to acknowledge whether or not The Bourne Legacy is intended as a sequel to the other films or the start of a brand new series. If the lead role has to be recast, will fans accept a new actor if the story is set in the same timeline or is it in their best interest to wipe the slate clean and start fresh?

Personally, The Bourne Identity is my favorite film in the series and I was never that enamored with the two sequels or Greengrass’ direction (to be honest, I’m a bit baffled by Damon’s devotion to him).  So not only do I welcome Gilroy’s involvement, I also take great solace in the fact that he apparently didn’t think very much of the sequels either. Even if Damon refuses to come back, I’m confident Gilroy can still deliver a solid film that’s closer in spirit to Robert Ludlum’s novels.

Does the world need another Jason Bourne movie? Probably not. But with Gilroy in charge, The Bourne Legacy at least stands a chance at being more than a blatant cash grab.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I really wish Damon would step back into the lead role.

    • I was VERY disatisfied with the final Bourne, and could NOT fathom how they could end it like that..although european in the sense that the syndoche was more process oriented than outcome oriented, I still found it EXTRAORDINARILY frustrating as there was so much going on, that we were kept in the dark about..ala Asian Cinema…for instance, the relationship between JB and Julia’s character, there had obviously been one..if they wished, they NEED no reboot but a TRUE sense of closure..perhaps following JB before he drinks the koolaide, etc. No, I found the last installment didn’t do much for in terms of wrapping things up, perhaps in the short term, BUT no way shape of form in the long term…so..I’m happy they’re doing another..perhaps this one WILL address all the mystery crap that is STILL a mystery.

      • i was very satisfied, i loved the movie and i felt it got a good closure but was also open to more sequels if they want. i do NOT want a reboot no way!

  2. The sequels kicked serious ass. I dont know who wouldn’t like them. U dont like shaky cam? Then boo hoo.

  3. Each to their own.

    • Nah, it wasn’t the shaky cam. I just think the first film was the tightest. I don’t hate the sequels, I just think they get needlessly complicated and unfocused at times.

      • Couldn’t agree more. Identity is my favourite too.

  4. Oh God not another one…

  5. i like how they got complicated…and I thought that the first was the one that got unfocused. There’s really no other way you could’ve made the trilogy better.
    Plus, I feel another one is unnecessary. Only Matt Damon can be Bourne

    • I’m definitely in the minority- I know most fans prefer Greengrass. Also heard Identity’s director Doug Liman was a nightmare to work with. I’m pretty interested to see where Gilroy takes things.

  6. The Bourne Legacy?? what about The Bourne Evolution,we already got Tron Legacy lol

  7. Why not just keep following the books?

  8. I vote for a reboot with a different actor; I’ve read the books (all three originals) three times and the best Bourne would have been Mel Gibson back in the Lethal Weapon days but that’s no longer an option so, I highly recommend they get someone with the athleticism and intensity that Ludlum wrote Bourne with originally. Dunno who that would be, but he needs to kick ass AND be smarter than his opponents. Wait, one more thing, the martial arts should be more akin to what Liam Neeson was doing in Taken, Krav Magra or something along those lines, not flashy but extremely brutal and effective with more use of common items for weapons like the pen he used in the first movie.


  10. i would LOVE another bourne movie! with matt damon.. if its gonna be like a reboot and a new guy stepping in then i dont know, i loved all three movies! and i hope matt damon returns.

  11. Matt Damon is Jason Bourne. I’d have a hard time getting used to the idea of someone else in the role. I’m one of the ones who felt the last Bourne wrapped everything up nicely.

    • People probably thought the same thing when Connery stopped playing Bond, it’s the character of Bourne that will endure not the actor who portrays him.

      • Now that you mention Bond, I hadn’t considered that. Guess I didn’t think of Bourne in the same category as Bond (numerous novels). Hmmm…now I could see that. From that perspective, no reboot needed.

        • How many Bourne novels are there now? The original 3 and 5 new ones I think.

          • See, I don’t know. I just knew of the first one

  12. Supremacy and Ultimatum are tight, dark thrillers, fast-paced and visceral in ways that Identity simply is not, on a number of levels… but it’s all very much a matter of personal taste.

    • By tight do you mean shaky, disorientating and poorly directed?

      • nah, but by personal taste, he means personal taste.