The road to getting the latest Bourne film on the big screen was definitely a bumpy one. First, it was going to be another film centered around Matt Damon’s Jason Bourne, with Paul Greengrass on board to direct. Both Greengrass and Damon left the film and its future was looking rather grim. Would they cast someone else as Bourne? Would they just ditch the franchise altogether? Would it even be worth it to proceed? Not content to leave the franchise alone, writer Tony Gilroy (The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum) took the reigns, once again writing the script, while also stepping in as director. What resulted from his efforts is a story focusing on an original character, set in the same world. It’s a clever way to expand the franchise already established by the three previous films. The question is, did those efforts pay off? Could Jeremy Renner take the lead and make it his own without being overshadowed by the role that Matt Damon personified?
Oh God. I can’t express how excited I am that MGM got it together in time to make Skyfall. Since Daniel Craig took over the role of James Bond, it’s my opinion that they can’t get the out fast enough. I had a minor heart attack when word came down that the project would be shelved due to MGM’s pending bankruptcy. But alas, those worries were all for naught because the Bond Gods smiled down on us and the film got the go ahead.
The first teaser for The Bourne Legacy hit back in February. It didn’t show a whole lot, but did manage to pique my interest. I’ve loved the Bourne series and even though I wasn’t against the direction they decided to go, I still have my reservations about it. That first trailer was pretty convincing however. Today a longer trailer was released, and with it, we get to see that this film isn’t just trying to cash in on the Bourne franchise name, which is a plus.
With the release of this, the first trailer for the new 007 film Skyfall, all I can say is thank God that the whole MGM bankruptcy debacle got worked out and that this film is actually getting made. I loved Casino Royale and how the new Bond took a more gritty turn with the arrival of Daniel Craig. Quantum of Solace wasn’t quite as good, but that film suffered through the writer’s strike as well as an inexperienced director. Regardless, I still enjoyed it…just not as much as Casino Royale.
Jeremy Renner has been a busy boy. On top of being a part of the Mission: Impossible franchise, and the Avengers franchise, he’s also taking the lead in the new Bourne film. Today we get a first peek at what will be in store for us with The Bourne Legacy.