Bourne 4 aka Legacy Will Not Star Matt Damon, or Even Star Bourne


So says Tony Gilroy, who should know, since he wrote the screenplay to “The Bourne Legacy”, the fourth entry in the successful action franchise, and has been tapped to direct it as well.

Writing in to Hollywood-Elsewhere, Gilroy laid down the facts, and just the facts:

The Bourne Legacy, for openers, [is] simply taking the title from Robert Ludlum’s book “but will not use the story,” Gilroy says. “It’s a completely original screenplay.” Secondly, “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.

“The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal,” Gilroy says. “Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he’s very much alive. What happened in the first three films is the trigger for what happens. I’m building a legend and an environment and a wider conspiracy…the world we’re making enhances and advances and invites Jason Bourne’s return [down the road].

“Everything you saw in the first three films actually happened, and everyone who got into will be rewarded for paying attention. We’re going to show you the bigger picture, the bigger canvas. When you see what we’re going and see what we’re doing it’ll be pretty obvious….but Jason Bourne’s actvities in the first three films is the immediate trigger.”

So it’s essentially a spin-off movie to the “Bourne” films, one that won’t require Matt Damon to make a return, though if he should like to in the future, the filmmakers would be more than willing to accommodate it.

So … a “Bourne” movie without Bourne, or Matt Damon. At least, for the first one. Would you see it?

'Wait, so it's a movie with my name in it, but I won't be in it? Man, Matt Damon is so confused.'

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  • Christiner

    Oh what?? I was so looking forward to seeing matt damon in the 4th bourne movie!!! What is goin on man!! It’s not the same without Matt!! Why would you make 3 movies with him as the lead character and then change it in the last one… It puts a bitter taste in your mouth… it’s like why ruin a good thing? Why fix something if it isn’t broken!! Changing the lead character now would be suicidal for the movie!! WE LOVED MATT DAMON IN ALL 3 MOVIES!! BRING HIM BACK!! DON’T DISAPPOINT THE PUBLIC!!

  • Big_Disappointment

    They just want to makesome more money with the name “bourne”, as simple as it is.

  • Gman

    my friends and i have been waiting for the 4th bourne movie. but without Matt Damon, i don’t even think i will watch it. why change a good thing. He is the best.

  • Fletch

    If MATT DAMON is not in Bourne 4 then I will not go see it would not be worth the money

  • ^^IceCold^Killer^^

    Its not gonna make money, Matt Damon is the trade mark.

  • niamh7727

    No, I wouldn’t go to see Legacy. The trilogy was amazing & we still watch all 3 regularly, they should go out on a high note & don’t bother with a 4th if Bourne and Matt Damon won’t be starring.

  • Jameshanson1

    I heard a rumor that Matt Damon wouldnt be in Bourne 4, But would be in bourne 5.
    That this movie is supppose to tie the two story lines together and the following movie would be about both charaters. Anyone else hear anything about that? Im curious. I do Not want to see a bourne movie without Matt Damon.