Tony Gilroy To Pen ‘The Bourne Legacy’

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Deadline has broken the news that one of the pivotal talents associated with the Jason Bourne franchise – screenwriter/director Tony Gilroy – has been hired on by Universal to pen the treatment for a fourth Bourne film, tentatively titled The Bourne Legacy.

Rumors concerning a fourth Bourne film have been circulating since 2008, but this is the first concrete bit of information we’ve heard.  Star Matt Damon previously speculated that the next Jason Bourne adventure would be a prequel, which could still turn out to be true – especially if he and Bourne Supremacy/Ultimatum director Paul Greengrass are not returning for The Bourne Legacy.

What is known about Gilroy’s treatment at this point is that it will not be associated with the 2005 book by Eric Van Lustbader of the same name.  Universal’s decision to bring in Gilroy – who co-wrote all three of the previous Bourne films – could be a move on their parts to entice Damon and Greengrass back into the fray.  The involvement of Gilroy alongside Bourne producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley seems to indicate that The Bourne Legacy will not be a complete reboot of the franchise in all likelihood.

Am I personally excited for a fourth Bourne flick?  While I admire the intelligence of Gilroy’s writing – best evidenced in his 2007 directorial debut, Michael Clayton – I felt that The Bourne Ultimatum provided sufficient closure to the series and that another film wasn’t needed.  Of course, when was the last time Hollywood made a sequel under those circumstances? icon wink Tony Gilroy To Pen The Bourne Legacy

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As far as prequels are concerned, those can be tricky propositions.  Fans often love to speculate about the history of movie characters – so much so that when filmmakers churn out a poorly-crafted film that reveals their history (Hannibal Rising, anyone?) they often end up offending moviegoers. The mystery of a character’s origin is often part of those character’s appeal.

What do you think?  Does Gilroy’s involvement get you excited for a fourth Bourne film?  Are you not interested if Damon and Greengrass are not onboard?  Sound off in the comments section below.

Universal is currently planning to have The Bourne Legacy out in theaters likely during the 2012 Summer Movie Season.

Source: Deadline

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  1. All I know is I have enjoyed all the Bourne Movies. I watch a movie to be entertained and that they have done. So as long as it “just as good” I think I will/would enjoy it. Prequel Squeal whatever.

  2. The movies are my faves..but another isn’t needed. But, hey. These days, we need some good thrillers!!!! The next better be as good and redefining.

  3. Personally I would it with Bourne Legacy, I’m curious about the whole Bourne and Nicki Parsons angle that came out of left field in the last movie.

  4. The further it got in the series, the less the films had to do with the books. I understand a lot of the plot points wouldn’t be suspenseful anymore or even likely, but really the only thing that is left from the books is the basic spy with amnesia gimmick. I don’t think they can improve on the previous films by making a another one, prequel or not.

    • I read the books only after seeing all the Bourne films and although a very good read in themselves, the movies reflect more the spirit of the novels rather than their substance. Because Ludlum wrote them in a totally different political era much of the plot just wouldn’t work now (especially the antagonist Carlos “The Jackal”). Once Ludlum died, the series continued with the writer mentioned in the article. The book, The Bourne Legacy, is very well done following Ludlum’s trail. IF the book were used for a movie Jason would need to be at least 50 years old. Before that is done, however, a prequel to Bourne Identity would be helpful in understanding a book based “Legacy” film.

  5. Well there was a 4th book that was released in the series, guess its only the natural process to make another movie. I haven’t read the books yet so i don’t know where the 4th one places in the series.

  6. The Bourne Films are the last I can remember that improved from the first to the last. Even if it is a prequel I’m not sure how they can top this series.

  7. There are what 7-8 books now based on the character, and the films used most of the first one and a few small elements for the second. These films shouldn’t have the name Bourne on them, they barely resemble the books that spawned them, and that’s a shame because they were popular for a reason.

    I thought Ultimatum was a poorly shot and badly scripted mess, and another film would be welcome, but try and include some of the books plot for gods sake.

  8. The book Bourne Legacy will is a great read. Can’t see another movie doing justice to the series…

  9. I read the Robert Ludlum trilogy twice, before the movies were even on the drawing board.
    The movies did not even try to follow the original story which was far superior in every regard, with the exception of Jason being an assassin who suffers amnesia.
    While Damon doesnt fit the role at all, he did ok considering the movie strayed so far from the original story.
    That said, the first movie was digestible, but the second and third ones done by Greengrass are superb examples of the crap which passes off as “action” nowadays. Most of the people I know had mentioned to me (or in response to me asking) how the blazing fast sliced up action scenes were irritating to watch.
    (For Greengrass fanboys and ADHD suffers: Watch the first Bourne movie to see that fight scenes dont need to be close up and chopped into 400 split second views to give the viewer a feeling of “action”, lol)
    Bottom line is if Greengrass is attached to this, I wont watch it (or any other movie I notice he’s part of).

  10. Bourne Identity is what I consider the better example of an action movie compared to the sequels. The movies have not followed the books and that is how it should remain in the future.
    Frankly I don’t really see a good prequel coming out of the series; we already know most of what happened to Jason Bourne. The plot is tied off.
    So if they are going to include Jason then the timeline will have to take a jump into the future (again not a very enticing scenario considering the plot was properly finished).

  11. The Bournes are being manufactured every year. Right now, there are 100,000 gunslingers in Iraq making $10K a week. these are very smart guys, trained, brave, and some of their officers are even better. What do they do after Viet Nam, Iraq, Afganistan? A friend of mine called about Mexico.
    “If we just stole the watches, the trip would be worthwhile.”
    “What?”
    “28,000 dead? We could start a jewelery store chain.”
    If Gelroy has his head on straight, he has a life time supply. Any of the guys in ‘Ultimatum’ could carry a feature. What about running into each other? Give me some help? How about blackmailing the CIA chick for info then giving the whole thing to her?
    Lots of stuff if you just don’t forget; Bournes real!

  12. I THINK MATT DAMMON. AND PAUL GREENGRASS HAVE TO BE INVOLVED. THEY ARE THE FRANCHISE. AND MATT DAMON IS RIGHT ABOUT A PREQUEL. A FOURTH INSTALLMENT CAN BE WRITTEN INTELLEGENTLY. AND NICKY PARSONS AND THE REST OF CAST AND CREW SHOULD BE IN IT. NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO FILL MATT DAMMON AND PAUL GREENGRASS SHOES. IT COULD BE TASTEFULLY DONE IF THEY ARE INVOLVED. IVE BEEN DYING AND WAITING FOR THE FOURTH INSTALLMENT. STOP DRAGGING YOUR FEET AND BRING IN THE ORIGINAL CAST AND CREW. DIDNT U GUYS SEE WHAT HAPPENNED TO THE TERMINATOR FRANCHISE WITHOUT ARNIE AND CAMERON. IF YOU R GOING TO DO IT. DO IT RIGHT.

  13. I would have to echo MHACK’s sentiments there. No doubt the best series of movies ever made – not many series can boast 3 installments that, if not imrpovements on the previous, were at least equally as sensational.
    Can watch these movies over and over. Paul and Matt, please work out the differences with Universal and get back on the project – the same recipe with a clever storyline will be a guaranteed success. We’re all waiting for it with baited breath.
    Would not agree with previous comments that the plot is tied off….Bourne could stay on the run but maintain ties with Landy in assisting her rein in a second covert operation that she has discovered since which brings in sophisticated international agencies into the picture, whilst someone close to Landy has incentive to betray or avenge Bourne and attempts to subtly sabotage Landy and Bourne’s efforts – food for thought

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