While we’re not big on rumors, especially since the 4th Bourne film isn’t even out yet, this possibility seemed too good not to bring to the table. Empire recently featured a post to give a little behind the scenes info on the future of The Bourne franchise. In short, it sounds quite awesome as writer/director Tony Gilroy has things mapped out pretty thoroughly, also we like the Shakespearean approach he takes to explaining his thought process…
“If you think of the first three Bourne films as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, then we’re showing you Elsinore. You thought you were seeing something you weren’t. What if there’s a much larger story? What if Treadstone wasn’t the only black-ops programme?
“I had never spent one moment thinking about how to do a sequel to Bourne Ultimatum. I first came in for two weeks just to spitball. I had a very random idea…so we started with that and it got more and more exciting. All of a sudden I was staring at something that had a great deal of resonance and was soulful and uncynical and was also gonna kick ass. So that was good.”
Then there was Renner who had a few words to add about his addition to this expanding universe.
“[Aaron Cross] is coming from a completely different background to Jason [Bourne]. He knows exactly who he is; he signed up to this…He wants to be part of a team. I can tell you he was in the military then he joined the programme. He’s a person who wants to be part of something… to have a sense of purpose. But then it’s taken away.”
But the icing on the cake, and reason for the eye-grabbing headline, comes from the mouth of producer Frank Marshall who states that,
“You see there are several different programmes in the movie with different skill sets. All possibilities are open. My dream is that in the next one we see Matt and Jeremy team up.”
Well, final thing to note on the Bourne front is that The Bourne Legacy just got a bit of a schedule change moving from August 3 to August 10 to put a little room between itself and two potentially heavy hitters; one about a masked vigilante in a big city and the other a big budget remake to one of Schwarzenegger’s more forgettable flicks (note the intended playful sarcasm). You can see now why they would want a little more breathing room right?
So if you’re a hardened Bourne fan you should be happy that they don’t look to be closing the book on this universe in the near future. For now though, let’s see what Renner brings to the table as we can expect to see The Bourne Legacy landing hard in theaters this Summer on August 10th, 2012.