Tony Gilroy Says Upcoming Bourne Film Will Be Bourne-Less

Last week we learned that writer/director Tony Gilroy would be helming the upcoming Bourne film, The Bourne Legacy. The nagging question left on people’s minds was whether Matt Damon could be lured back to the series after stating he wouldn’t return without Paul Greengrass. Well, now Gilroy has shed some light on the situation, explaining the basic concept he’s envisioned for the film. Apparently, The Bourne Legacy will not focus on Jason Bourne at all, taking Damon out of the equation.

In Gilroy’s own words:

“It’s a completely original screenplay. This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. No one’s replacing Matt Damon. There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter…this is a stand-alone project.

Gilroy went on to say that while Jason Bourne won’t be featured in the film, he is still alive and that the events in the first three films trigger what will happen in the The Bourne Legacy. He wants to expand the world of espionage set up in the previous stories, revealing a larger conspiracy that could eventually lead back to Bourne.

Well, I suppose if you’re continuing the franchise, this might be a good direction to take it in. Sticking with Jason Bourne would just seem tacked-on and unnecessary at this point, since his basic story arc was completed in the last film. With a new protagonist, many new possibilities open up and we’ll be given an alternate point of view to the characters and events that have come before. While I’m certainly open to this idea, I wonder how the film-going community as a whole will respond to a Matt Damon-less Bourne film. So, with that said, what are your thoughts on Tony Gilroy’s plans for The Bourne Legacy?



  • Jonny Ashley

    Bourne Babies

  • Bas

    Off-topic, but for the early birds leaving for work and unable to download the new episode of the podcast (like me), here’s a url that is working:
    http://c4.libsyn.com/media/18600/filmjunk289.mp3

  • Lol, this sounds kinda like Halloween 3, with that being Michael Myersless, and this being Bourneless. I have a feeling it’s gonna be a good film that will be largely rejected kinda like that movie.

  • @Bas DUDE!!! THAT LINK WORKS AT MY SCHOOL!!! I can’t thank you enough for posting that link!!! :DDD

  • bellejsta

    I already don’t want to see it. I did not want there to be another Bourne movie anyway b/c the arc was done. But then to make a Bourne movie without Matt Damon seems odd. If it is a stand alone movie than let it stand alone with its own title and premise. That’s like having a Bond movie without Bond. Bourne is not synonymous with spy, it is a character’s name. So to use the name without the character just doesn’t seem right. I feel like throughout the movie I’ll be looking for Jason Bourne to make a surprise appearance. I might watch it on dvd but I won’t pay money to see it at the movies.

  • Bas

    Hi Drew, you’re welcome! That’s the source-url of the episode as it is playing in the flashplayer on this page. So that probably means you can just use that player in the future ;)

  • Derek

    BOND-LESS BOND

    THE SPY WHO “WASN’T” THERE

    The “new” director went on to say that, while
    James Bond won’t be featured in the film, he is still alive and that the events in the first twenty two films trigger what will happen in,
    The Spy Who Wasn’t There.
    The “new” director wants to expand the world of espionage set up in the previous stories, revealing a larger conspiracy that could eventually lead back to 007.

    Man……. get the fuck outa here, with that shit.
    Just the thought of that, seems somewhat clever, but wrong; considering the fact that the title isn’t even different. It would be like someone making a movie called, Batman Legends,
    without batman in it; only Lt. Gordon’s search to find batman. Changing the title would be a smart move. Keepin the title only feels like false advertisement.

  • Derek

    But that’s just me.

  • Mike

    this is stupid. Why even tie it to the Bourne series? Just to confuse people who go? bad idea.