Gilroy talks Damon free Bourne
We definitely knew that Matt Damon wasn't returning for the next Bourne film when we heard that
Now Tony Gilroy, the man with the idea for the next film and the task of writing and directing it, has spoken about it, and while he doesn't want any “bloggers” second guessing the idea, he does want to point out that it doesn't mean Damon and Bourne are separated forever.
We already knew from the previous story that Tony Gilroy's new film was going to look at another aspect of the Bourne story without looking at Bourne himself. The very title itself suggested it and it was something I was saying from the day the title was announced – Legacy means what's left behind.
Let me repeat what I said at the time again, and then I promise I'll stop going on about it!
I pointed out that Legacy means:
...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...
Then I mused on the idea:
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.
From a later story I wrote some more on the possibilities:
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.
Gilroy has already made it clear that this isn't to replace Matt Damon's character, nor to replace him with another actor.
"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."
Now he reveals a little more about The Bourne Legacy through Deadline Hollywood Daily, although he doesn't want to reveal too much, because he doesn't want it being spoiled:
”I'm not going to get into the plot, but you saw the other three films, you know everything that happened, and it's not a dream sequence. What I can say is, you thought that was the whole world, but it was a small piece of what was going on. Ultimatum exploded at the end with people arrested. We deal with that as a reality, it has ramifications that echo out into the larger world. And of course, Jason Bourne is still alive and out there in the world. I don't want to go beyond that, because the last thing I need is for every blogger to be second guessing.”
That's right. Before us bloggers came on the scene no one second guessed films, trailers didn't ruin endings, and Hollywood scripts were so complex the twists were entirely hidden.
Anyway, the point is that Damon's Bourne isn't being replaced and he's going to be referenced in the new film for sure. Does that mean they are leaving the door open for him to return to the role? Of course. It's a money earner.