Will Jeremy Renner Front the New Bourne Franchise, Too? That’s Mission Impossible!


This bit of gossip comes to you courtesy of LatinoReview, who reiterates in their post that this is not an April’s Joke, which means it’s not, since referencing the joke day in your April’s Fool joke is, like, totally unethical and whatnot. In any case, according to the boys, they’ve heard that writer/director Tony Gilroy, who will be helming “The Bourne Legacy” for Universal Pictures, originally wanted Oscar Isaacs (one of the few boys of Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch”) to be his new Bourne, but Universal nipped that idea, and instead has offered the role to … Jeremy Renner.

Which is interesting, because it’s not like Renner doesn’t currently have his hands full. He’s already being groomed to take over the “Mission Impossible” franchise, and he’s got a lot of Marvel movies in his future, including a major stint in “The Avengers”. Of course, the Marvel stuff wouldn’t require a lot of time on his part, so in effect he only has one major franchise in his future, the “M:I” one. So yeah, I could see him easily taking on the “Bourne” franchise as well.

Let’s sum it all up: Universal is offering the role to Renner, but he hasn’t committed yet, though it’s sounding like it’s his if he wants it.

What do you think? Is Renner a viable replacement for Matt Damon as the new Bourne? (Note: he won’t actually be replacing Damon as Bourne in the franchise, but rather playing a new character in the vein of Bourne.) I actually would rather see him in a “Bourne” role than the stunt-a-second “Mission: Impossible” franchise myself.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    Good lord he’s gonna be Special Agent Everywhere!

  • Juggernaut

    I wasn’t aware that he was being groomed as the new lead in the MI films. I thought that hew was more a part of the ensemble cast. Either way he is a great actor and could easily handle both franchises as long as they schedule them correctly. It will be interesting if his appearance in Thor and Avengers will necessitate a Hawkeye feature film. In my opinion he is such a good actor and Hawkeye such a cool character that it is almost a definate for that to happen. Then he’d have three franchises at once! That would be crazy! If anyone deserves that it’s Renner. He’s been the highspot in so many movies as either a character actor or supporting role that he really should have a time top shine.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      How were you not aware man? You’re here as much as I am. LOL.

      • Juggernaut

        I must have missed the article on him being the new lead in the MI films. He’s not playing the same role as Cruise is he? As far as the Bourne Legacy film, is he playing Jason Bourne or is the franchise going to change focus onto another operative? I’m so confused.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          The MI stuff is in the links under the pic of Renner, but no he’s not, he’s a new opperative, but they’re saying he may take over the franchise from the Ethan Hunt character. As for Bourne, it’s either a reboot or a continuation, but either way he’d be playing Bourne.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

            I believe in the Bourne films, he’d be playing a character SIMILAR to Bourne, not Bourne himself. “Bourne Legacy” would be set in the world of Bourne, where Bourne exists (and is played by Matt Damon), and Renner’s character (if he signs on) would simply co-exist in the same universe, but will have gone through the same ordeal as Bourne. Ala the “Legacy” part.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            Oooh. That’d work pretty well too. Of course they should add more to the character. Like that he didn’t have amnesia but actually got out from them, but like “R.E.D.” due to what he knows and a new director being scared it may come back to bite them he’s ordered killed.

  • Rty

    If Damon not in it the should dump the whole thing.