“The Bourne Legacy,” opening on August 10th, is not about Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) but rather about Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner). Damon has recently said that he’s open to the idea of returning to the Bourne franchise if the script was right. Bourne producer Frank Marshall recently said his ideal Bourne movie would star both Renner and Damon. Now Marshall has clarified the future of the franchise…sort of.
At yesterday’s press conference for “The Bourne Legacy,” Marshall said:
“We’re gonna follow Jeremy’s character,” Marshall said. “Everything else is wide open. That’s the great thing about this now. The table is set to go any direction we want to. But we will, I’m sure, follow Jeremy and see what happens. Jeremy and Rachel [Weisz].”
So they’ll follow Jeremy’s character in any direction… How about one where Damon’s Bourne is a bad guy? Wouldn’t that be fun?
Here’s Renner’s take on the future:
“As far as the future,” said the actor, “I’m excited that the architects and the creators behind this whole thing have cleverly left it wide open for fans like myself to wonder what’s going to go on next.”
He sounds rather cautious and, well, uncommitted. Renner’s appeared in three franchises the last year: “Bourne,” “The Avengers,” and “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.” He’s not a major player in “The Avengers,” but is considered heir apparent for the “Bourne” and “M:I ” films. Does he want to be locked into all of those franchises? I have a sneaky feeling he doesn’t. It will be interesting to see which, if any, of them he sticks with.