New Bourne film gains scriptwriter and title
Okay this is strange. With Paul Greengrass moving away from the series and Matt Damon saying he won't return without Greengrass, Universal has moved ahead with a new film and hired Tony Gilroy to write a script for it.
The news is good for Bourne fans, or at least so it looks from the story, because the real question is are they changing director again, and if they do, what will they do for a star?
"I have moved on...I finished [Green Zone] in July, had the summer off, and I came back and thought I could find a way to get engaged and make [a fourth Bourne film], [but] I thought in my head there were so many other things and films I wanted to make. I didn't have the fire in my belly. Not that I don't like Jason Bourne, not that I'm not extremely grateful to the franchise, not that I'm extremely close to the studio - there were no arguments. I didn't feel like I had anything else to contribute. It just happens with franchises; you get to a point where you feel like you've done it...
...They need to find someone else to come in to take it in a new direction I wouldn't have thought of and it will be better."
"Just Paul...I wouldn't do it with anybody else."
Strange since he's already worked with Doug Liman on the series, he started the whole thing off and very well if you ask me. He set the style and tone for the series really well. So would he come back?
Well there's a possibility, there's also the thought that Tony Gilroy has directed Michael Clayton and Duplicity (Filmstalker review), so there's another choice. In fact there would be directors galore lining up for Bourne I'm sure.
Then there's the name of the script that Entertainment Weekly tell us Gilroy is writing just now, Bourne Legacy. Legacy has two meanings, from the Cambridge dictionary:
...money or property that you receive from someone after they die... ...something that is a part of your history or which stays from an earlier time...
Now is that something that has been left for Bourne as part of his history, or something that Bourne has left for others?
You see this could be a new chapter in the franchise focusing on another character, someone who has been left something from the days of Bourne. Perhaps the agency has started up the programme again, maybe they've decided that killers with amnesia is a cracking idea and they're replicating him right left and centre? Who knows.
What is possible though is that we'll have a new director and a new star.