It appears rumors of an Aaron Cross/Jason Bourne crossover in a fifth “Bourne” movie was either premature or just wishful thinking on the producer’s part, because that doesn’t look like it’s happening. Instead, Universal is now moving on a second Bourne-less Bourne film that will once again focus on Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross character.
As you’ll recall, “The Bourne Legacy” was a movie where Matt Damon as Bourne never appeared, though his presence definitely did. “Legacy” was an attempt to expand the “Bourne” universe (sorta like introducing a new superhero in a comic book universe, I guess), and I suppose it sort of succeeded. If not spectacularly, then apparently good enough for the studio to be comfortable with moving forward on a second Bourne movie sans Damon.
The trades have screenwriter Anthony Peckham (“Invictus) being hired by the studio to pen a draft of a “Bourne” movie that will continue the adventures of Renner’s Cross, who was last seen escaping to an island with doctor/love interest Rachel Weisz.
“The Bourne Legacy” didn’t exactly set the box on fire last year, though it’s $276 million worldwide gross did surpass the first “Bourne” movie in 2002 and came close to the $288 million grossed by “The Bourne Ultimatum”. It still didn’t come anywhere close to matching the third film’s $442 million, and that might have been one reason why the studio seemed reluctant to continue the franchise without Damon. They apparently have since gotten over that reservation.
Of course, just because the studio has paid a screenwriter to come up with a story doesn’t necessarily mean anything will come from it. Studios throw money at screenwriters like it’s couch money. When they start hiring directors, that’s when you know they’re actually committing.
Via : THR