THE BOURNE LEGACY Sequel May Team Jeremy Renner with Matt Damon

     June 26, 2012

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Fans of the Bourne movies may finally get to see which action star is better: Matt Damon or Jeremy Renner.  In a recent interview, The Bourne Legacy producer Frank Marshall commented about a potential follow-up film as follows:

“My dream is that in the next one we see Matt and Jeremy team up.”

While that may certainly be an unstoppable duo (or a clash of titans, depending upon their alliance), audiences will have to wait until August 10th to see Renner step into Damon’s shoes.  The Bourne Legacy was recently pushed back a week due to fear of competing for audiences with Total Recall and, more likely, a desire to step out from under the shadow of The Dark Knight Rises. Hit the jump for more from Marshall, Renner and director Tony Gilroy, in addition to new images of Renner as Aaron Cross in The Bourne Legacy.

jeremy-renner-bourne-legacyIn an interview with Empire, Gilroy talked about developing a fourth Bourne film and how The Bourne Legacy fits into the previous framework:

“You thought you were seeing something you weren’t. What if there’s a much larger story? What if Treadstone wasn’t the only black-ops programme?

“I had never spent one moment thinking about how to do a sequel to Bourne Ultimatum. I first came in for two weeks just to spitball. I had a very random idea…so we started with that and it got more and more exciting. All of a sudden I was staring at something that had a great deal of resonance and was soulful and uncynical and was also gonna kick ass. So that was good.”

jeremy-renner-the-bourne-legacyBut what about Renner’s character? He’s obviously not Damon’s Jason Bourne, so who is he?  Renner himself answers:

“He’s coming from a completely different background to Jason [Bourne]. He knows exactly who he is; he signed up to this…He wants to be part of a team. I can tell you he was in the military then he joined the programme. He’s a person who wants to be part of something… to have a sense of purpose. But then it’s taken away.”

As for future films, here’s the full quote from Marshall:

“You see there are several different programmes in the movie with different skill sets. All possibilities are open. My dream is that in the next one we see Matt and Jeremy team up.”

Check out The Bourne Legacy Empire covers below:

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