After helming the last four Fast & Furious movies, Justin Lin will move to another action franchise to direct the follow-up film to The Bourne Legacy. Jeremy Renner is set to return as Aaron Cross in a sequel story scripted by Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes, Invictus). With Lin directing and Peckham writing, it looks like Tony Gilroy – who penned the previous four Bourne films and directed Legacy – may be stepping aside. No title has been set just yet, but if Universal sticks with the titles of the novel series, then it may just be The Bourne Betrayal. The studio is looking to release the film in the summer of 2015. Hit the jump for more.
News on Lin’s attachment to helm the new Bourne movie comes via Deadline. Though the character of Jason Bourne was created by author Robert Ludlum, the stories set in Bourne’s world were taken over by author Eric Van Lustbader. While Van Lustbader’s The Bourne Legacy differed quite a bit from the plot of Gilroy’s movie adaptation – swap Bourne for Cross – Universal might like the next book title enough to slap it on the feature treatment. Also written by Van Lustbader, here’s the synopsis for The Bourne Betrayal (via Amazon):
Already devastated by loss, Bourne is shattered by a report that his last friend in the world, Martin Lindros has gone missing. A CI deputy director, Lindros was in Ethiopia tracking suspicious shipments of yellowcake uranium and atomic bomb weaponry. His last lifeline to humanity, Bourne will not let Lindros go. Despite his hatred for CI, Bourne sets out to rescue his friend and finish the job: dismantling a terrorist network determined to build nuclear armaments by cutting off their source of money. But Bourne doesn’t realize that these men, Islamic supremacists, are leaders of an incredibly dangerous, technologically savvy group with ties from Africa, across the Middle East, and into Eastern Europe and Russia. They have predicted Bourne’s every move, and are counting on his unwitting help in their plans to destroy America.