Bourne Legacy without Bourne?
I'm not one to shout some silly made up word or scream about how I am great and everyone else isn't, however I really do need to say that I've been saying this point since the title for the new Bourne film was revealed and I started thinking what it meant for the franchise, especially considering that Matt Damon wasn't coming back.
In June, when we heard about the title, I immediately thought this meant a new hero and a new chapter in the franchise. Seems that's what Tony Gilroy the writer and director did too.
The Cambridge dictionary has two meanings for Legacy:
...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...
Here's what I started writing after that:
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.
Could it be what Bourne has left? An old agency opened up with agents like him free on the open market? Or perhaps the agency starts up again after it's been exposed to the government? Who knows, but the name does imply that it could be a clean start.
Well it was clear that neither Paul Greengrass wasn't going to return for Bourne Legacy, so they needed a new director, and Matt Damon had made it very clear he didn't want to return without Greengrass.
"It's a completely original screenplay...This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. No one's replacing Matt Damon. There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter…this is a stand-alone project."
So it makes sense that Legacy turns it's focus to another character in the operation. I'm trying to remember if all the agents were announced as dead in one of the previous films. When Bourne had that incredibly blocked and tightly shot fight in the kitchen of another agent's home, was he the last one on the go?
Still that doesn't affect films does it? They could just bring up another division somewhere, or in a move that reflects real life politics, a group in the government and agency who have long since replaced the faces we saw in the previous films, pick up the file and think that this is a cracking idea. A new Treadstone? Maybe making all its agents "forget" who they really were?