Universal is making headway on its follow-up to the 2012 pseudo-spinoff The Bourne Legacy, as a screenwriter has been tapped to further the adventures of Jeremy Renner’s chems-obsessed Aaron Cross. While Universal announced that it was “actively working” on a new Bourne film a few months ago, Deadline reports that Sherlock Holmes and Invictus screenwriter Anthony Peckham has been brought on to write the script for another Bourne movie. While Universal would obviously love to bring Matt Damon back into the fold, this follow-up is designed to continue Cross’ story; it would appear that Damon is still reluctant to return. Hit the jump for more.
Though The Bourne Legacy failed to match the box office success of its predecessors, the pic went on to gross a respectable $276 million worldwide. It’s unclear if Legacy writer/director Tony Gilroy is returning to direct this next Bourne installment, but given that Gilroy has written the screenplays for all of the previous Bourne movies, the hiring of Peckham signals that he might not return for this new Cross adventure.
The Bourne Legacy was a fairly entertaining if mostly forgettable entry into the series, and I’m interested to see how/if Universal tweaks the Bourne formula for this next installment. Frank Marshall remains onboard as the producer of this new film, and one presumes that Renner will be returning as well; he almost surely signed a multi-picture contract when he was set for Legacy. No word on whether we’ll see supporting characters like Rachel Weisz or Edward Norton return, or whether Aaron Cross will still be screaming at strangers about his chems.