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?
Film, Film Reviews on August 15th, 2012 by TracyTags: Albert Finney, David Strathain, Edward Norton, Jeremy Renner, Joan Allen, Rachel Weisz, Scott Glenn, The Bourne Legacy, The Bourne Legacy review, Tony Gilroy