Universal Pictures has announced that Tony Gilroy will be returning to write the script for The Bourne Legacy, the fourth installment in the Jason Bourne franchise. Gilroy was one of the constants from the first three films having been the writer for The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy, and The Bourne Ultimatum.
Interestingly enough, The Bourne Legacy is not going to be based on the novel of the same name. Robert Ludlum, the creator of the Bourne series only wrote the first three installments. However, several authors have continued to add to the Bourne series including Eric Lustabader, who wrote The Bourne Legacy. Tony Gilroy and his collaborators will be coming up with a completely original story for Bourne’s fourth installment.
Matt Damon has gone on record saying that he won’t reprise the role of Jason Bourne if director Paul Greengrass, who helmed the second and third installments of the franchise, is not on board. Subsequently Mr. Greengrass has stated no interest in returning for a fourth Bourne film, which may cause Universal to need to search for a new leading man.
Tony Gilroy’s scripts for the first three Bourne films were fantastic with smart and limited dialogue. The characters don’t speak often, and the film is all the better for it. However, to be perfectly honest the brilliance of the Bourne movies has nothing to do with the script or even the story. The brilliance of the film stemmed from Paul Greengrass’ amazing action choreography and the outstanding technical achievement of the film.
In 2008, The Bourne Ultimatum swept the three Oscars it was nominated for including Best Editing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Sound Mixing. Each of the subsequent Bourne films has improved on its predecessor technically and visually. The chase scene through the rooftops of the villas in the The Bourne Ultimatum was breathtaking and several other scenes in Bourne movies rank among the best action scenes of all-time.
If Paul Greengrass are Matt Damon are not back for the fourth film I’m fully expecting it to be terrible, no matter how good of a script Tony Gilroy can cook up.
[Source: Coming Soon]