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The Bourne Legacy

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Release Date: August 10, 2012 (North America)

Genres: Action, Sequel, Thriller          MPAA Rating: PG-13

Production Phase: Released

Studio: Universal Pictures  

Who's In It: Jeremy Renner (Aaron Cross), David Strathairn (Noah Vosen), Scott Glenn (Ezra Kramer), Albert Finney (Dr. Albert Hirsch), Joan Allen (Pamela Landy)

Who's Making It: Tony Gilroy (Director), George Nolfi (Screenwriter), Josh Zetumer (Screenwriter), Tony Gilroy (Screenwriter),

Premise: Aaron Cross, another CIA trained assassin in the same program that created Jason Bourne, goes rogue from his handlers.... More »

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What We Think: The Jason Bourne film series has proven to be both finacially lucrative for its creators as well as pleasing for audiences worldwide. It's testament to the quality of the first three films that Universal is... More »

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Universal has reshuffled the release of The Bourne Legacy movie one week, from August 3 to August 10. The studio issued a press release explaining their decision was based on their concern that their fourth Bourne movie was originally positioned too close to the July 20 release of The Dark Knight Rises. If the third Christopher Nolan Batman movie performs like The Avengers movie did earlier this spring, the buzz for Bourne Legacy might be drowned out in the clamor for The Dark Knight Rises.

Another reason for Universal's concern is the July broadcast of the Summer Olympic games which begins July 27. Universal plans on using the Olympics domestic broadcast network, NBC, to create greater awareness of the impending release of The Bourne Legacy.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

A new trailer for The Bourne Legacy has been released by Universal. The online version has a short intro from star Jeremy Renner, which you'll see below:


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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Arriving today is the trailer for The Bourne Legacy, and it gives us our first look at Jeremy Renner's new CIA-trained assassin in action:



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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The new Bourne movie is getting two familiar faces. Both Joan Allen and Albert Finney have been cast in Legacy.

Allen played Pamela Landy, the government agent who pursued and then helped Jason Bourne in The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum. Finney played Dr. Albert Hirsch, the doctor behind the Treadstone project that turned Bourne into an assassin. His character was introduced in Ultimatum.

- Variety. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Sunday, July 24, 2011

After recently receiving attention as the main villain in Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch, Oscar Issac is taking his next job by playing another bad guy in the new Bourne film. His character is named Number 3 and is described as a brainwashed assassin just like the original Jason Bourne.

- Deadline. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Edward Norton is now in talks to play the adversary to Jeremy Renner's character in the film.

Norton, best known for his roles in Fight Club, The Italian Job, Primal Fear and The Incredible Hulk, would also be joined by Rachel Weisz as the female lead.

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Monday, April 4, 2011

Inside intelligence cultivated by Latino Review informs the news website that The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner is being offered the lead role in the new Bourne movie. Source informed the outlet that Bourne director Tony Gilroy originally wanted Oscar Issac to play the new character (Issac is currently in theaters playing the villainous Blue in Sucker Punch). Universal didn't want the lesser-known Issac playing the lead in their movie, and so the second candidate was Renner.

Now we wait to find out if Renner has accepted the part.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

We now have five possible actors who are being considered for the lead role in The Bourne Legacy. According to Variety, director Tony Gilroy has been meeting with candidates for the new assassin character that follows in the footsteps of Matt Damon.

Variety lists the five known possibles as Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man), Jake Gyllenhaal (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), Taylor Kitsch (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy) and Kellan Lutz (Twilight).

Supposedly Gilroy has only had introductory meetings with these five candidates, and he wants to screen-test everyone that is being thought of for the part.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Universal has announced a August 3, 2012 release date for The Bourne Legacy. As with all release dates, this is subject to change and could be pushed back (or even moved to TBA status) depending on how quickly the picture moves through its development.

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Tony Gilroy, the screenwriter of the Bourne trilogy, has been signed to direct the fourth film (with the working title The Bourne Legacy.) Rumor has it that Universal is so committed now to making the next Bourne film that, while it desperately wants Matt Damon back to play the hero, if they can't convince him to return to the role they will recast.

- Deadline. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Thursday, June 10, 2010

The studio has hired Tony Gilroy to write a new screenplay for the project, now known as The Bourne Legacy. While Legacy is the title of the Eric Lustabader novel in the post-Ludlum novel era, the movie's premise won't follow the events in the book it shares the same name with. The Bourne Legacy is a wholly new story that Gilroy is devising.

Gilroy wrote the three Bourne movies and his involvement is likely strategic on Universal's part. If Paul Greengrass won't return to direct his third Bourne movie it's possible that Gilroy, who's made the move to being a director, could step in to do so.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Paul Greengrass has left the gestating Bourne 4 movie project leaving it without a director. Why did the helmer of the last two Bourne films decide to vamoose? Greengrass explains below:

"You won't find a more devoted supporter of the Bourne franchise than me. I will always be grateful to have been the caretaker to Jason Bourne over the course of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum," said the director. "I'm very proud of those films and feel they express everything I most passionately believe about the possibility of making quality movies in the mainstream. My decision to not return a third time as director is simply about feeling the call for a different challenge. There's been no disagreement with Universal Pictures. The opportunity to work with the Bourne family again is a difficult thing to pass up, but we have discussed this together and they have been incredibly understanding and supportive. I've been lucky enough to have made four films for Universal, and our relationship continues. Jason Bourne existed before me and will continue, and I hope to remain involved in some capacity as the series moves on."

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Screenwriter Josh Zetumer will write a different screenplay for the proposed fourth Bourne movie that may be used for the upcoming film, or it might be stitched together with the screenplay that George Zolfi will write. The reason is that Nolfi is up to his neck prepping to director The Adjustment Bureau, his adaptation of the Philip K. Dick short story which will star Matt Damon. Nolfi's involvement with Adjustment Bureau could conceivably delay him handing in a Bourne screenplay that's polished when the producers need it to go.

Zetumer worked on the screenplay for Peter Berg's new Dune adaptation and also penned the screenplay for The Infiltrator which has Leonardo DiCaprio attached to star.

- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Monday, April 13, 2009

Earlier today Bourne series producer Frank Marshall told his followers on Twitter that writer George Nolfi is aiming to have the screenplay for the fourth movie done by June and he expects the movie to be out in theaters in the summer of 2011.

- Frank Marshall via Twitter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Friday, October 17, 2008

Writer George Nolfi has been hired to pen the screenplay for the fourth Bourne movie. The as-yet untitled sequelstill has the interest of Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultiumatum director Paul Greengrass, as well as star Matt Damon, but the film has been slow to develop to this stage of its development. Nolfi shared co-writing credits on Bourne Ultimatum with Scott Z. Burns and Tony Gilroy so he's familiar with the sit-rep. In its coverage of the story The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the storyline for Bourne 4 will be a wholly original premise and not borrowed from one of the Bourne novels published after Robert Ludlum's death. That makes sense since the plotlines for Jason Bourne in Ludlum's universe and the one seen in the Universal movies diverged a while back.

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