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Jeremy Renner offered the lead in The Bourne Legacy?

Apr. 3, 2011by: George Merchan

This got lost in the shuffle over the weekend (or it may have been dismissed as an April Fool's gag), but the word coming in from the boys at Latino Review is that Universal wants badass Jeremy Renner to beat people senseless as the lead in Tony Gilroy's THE BOURNE LEGACY.

Apparently, Universal actually rejected Gilroy's own personal choice to play Not Jason Bourne - Oscar Issac (DRIVE, SUCKER PUNCH) - before officially putting out an offer to Renner. It hasn't yet been made clear why Issac wasn't approved, though it's likely because he isn't a big enough name to carry the film. Renner, on the other hand, has been slowly and surely exploding since the success of THE HURT LOCKER, and will continue riding that for a very long time. Kind of a no-brainer.

The new film, to be directed and written by Gilroy (who penned the previous BOURNE films), will be using 'The Bourne Legacy' title of Robert Ludlum's original book, but not the story.

"Gilroy has also made it very clear that the new film is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel, and that no ones replacing Matt Damon. There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter and that this film is a stand-alone project."
Extra Tidbit: But should Renner take this? He's already locked into two other potential franchises (THE AVENGERS/HAWKEYE and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL).
Source: Latino Review

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10:13PM on 04/03/2011
OK, then why's it called The BOURNE Legacy and why is the main character named Jason BOURNE?

Just change the fuckin name already!
OK, then why's it called The BOURNE Legacy and why is the main character named Jason BOURNE?

Just change the fuckin name already!
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11:35PM on 04/03/2011
I've come to really like Jeremy Renner, but I love the Bourne Trilogy. Please let's just leave it alone!!
I've come to really like Jeremy Renner, but I love the Bourne Trilogy. Please let's just leave it alone!!
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12:43AM on 04/04/2011
I'm trying to think of anything they could do with a new Bourne movie w/o Bourne that would interest me, but I'm drawing a blank. Why can't the suits in hollywood accept the fact that the Bourne franchise isn't suppose to be the Bond franchise (updated w/ a new actor every few years). Bourne's story had a begining and an end, leave it at that.
I'm trying to think of anything they could do with a new Bourne movie w/o Bourne that would interest me, but I'm drawing a blank. Why can't the suits in hollywood accept the fact that the Bourne franchise isn't suppose to be the Bond franchise (updated w/ a new actor every few years). Bourne's story had a begining and an end, leave it at that.
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12:53AM on 04/04/2011
How fucking hard is it to change the name, keep the general title - but change the name. If the character's last name is Crawford, name it THE CRAWFORD CONSPIRACY or THE CRAWFORD LEGACY or whatever they're gonna call it.

Totally agree with your post.
How fucking hard is it to change the name, keep the general title - but change the name. If the character's last name is Crawford, name it THE CRAWFORD CONSPIRACY or THE CRAWFORD LEGACY or whatever they're gonna call it.

Totally agree with your post.
11:42PM on 04/03/2011

Mission Impossible and Bourne?

Why not just make him James Bond too?
Why not just make him James Bond too?
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6:43AM on 04/04/2011
im all for Renner doing the part, the guy can handle himslef pretty well around an action scene, so, itll probably work out ok.
now, as for this being a stand-alone project and not connected in any way with the bourne movies, yeah, thats not gonna happen, i mean, the movie is called The Bourne Legacy for crying out loud, this guy is pretty dense if he thinks no one is going to compare this flick to the Bourne Movies.

now, regarding the tidbit, i say take the job offer, the more action
im all for Renner doing the part, the guy can handle himslef pretty well around an action scene, so, itll probably work out ok.
now, as for this being a stand-alone project and not connected in any way with the bourne movies, yeah, thats not gonna happen, i mean, the movie is called The Bourne Legacy for crying out loud, this guy is pretty dense if he thinks no one is going to compare this flick to the Bourne Movies.

now, regarding the tidbit, i say take the job offer, the more action movies the better :)
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4:23AM on 04/04/2011
Here's the dilemma: Tony Gilroy is BRILLIANT. MICHAEL CLAYTON should be proof enough, but DUPLICITY sealed the deal for me (How often do you see a spy rom-com that's really clever?). Jeremy Renner is a really good actor. But BOURNE without Bourne? It just sounds too difficult to convince an audience to buy it.
Here's the dilemma: Tony Gilroy is BRILLIANT. MICHAEL CLAYTON should be proof enough, but DUPLICITY sealed the deal for me (How often do you see a spy rom-com that's really clever?). Jeremy Renner is a really good actor. But BOURNE without Bourne? It just sounds too difficult to convince an audience to buy it.
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5:24PM on 04/04/2011
Granted it is a bit difficult to get the mainstream audience to understand, but that's not the problem - the problem is the stupidity in the concept. It's been said before but I guess I'll say it again... "lets make a Bourne movie that's not a Bourne movie but we'll make the title seem like a Bourne movie even though Matt Damon won't be Jason Bourne because Jason Bourne's not going to be in it... well actually he'll be in it, but not that Jason Bourne, a different guy who's name is also going
Granted it is a bit difficult to get the mainstream audience to understand, but that's not the problem - the problem is the stupidity in the concept. It's been said before but I guess I'll say it again... "lets make a Bourne movie that's not a Bourne movie but we'll make the title seem like a Bourne movie even though Matt Damon won't be Jason Bourne because Jason Bourne's not going to be in it... well actually he'll be in it, but not that Jason Bourne, a different guy who's name is also going to be Jason Bourne"
10:16PM on 04/03/2011
Just make this a standalone, no connection what so ever movie
Just make this a standalone, no connection what so ever movie
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8:04AM on 04/04/2011
So there isn't a character called Bourne at the heart of a potential series of upcoming films with 'Bourne' in the title?

That would be almost as crazy as continuing to call a TV series 'Taggart' 15 years after the death of the actor who played the central character, Jim Taggart.
So there isn't a character called Bourne at the heart of a potential series of upcoming films with 'Bourne' in the title?

That would be almost as crazy as continuing to call a TV series 'Taggart' 15 years after the death of the actor who played the central character, Jim Taggart.
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11:04PM on 04/12/2011

Wow

I think Renner would be a really good choice. The Avenger role I don't think is as big a role to where he couldn't take the Bourne role. I think he should take it.
I think Renner would be a really good choice. The Avenger role I don't think is as big a role to where he couldn't take the Bourne role. I think he should take it.
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12:36PM on 04/04/2011

Fantastic!!

couldnt be more hyped for this! I love the Bourne trilogy as much as anyone so don't understand peoples reservations at all. It's called Bourne 'legacy' as in "Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor" Its not a reboot or recast so why the hate?
It's just a way of telling a new story in that world we all love. It they went and did something else in a similar vein we'd all be calling bullshit as it was a blatant Bourne ripoff. Trust in Gilroy!! He's the central talent behind the
couldnt be more hyped for this! I love the Bourne trilogy as much as anyone so don't understand peoples reservations at all. It's called Bourne 'legacy' as in "Something handed down from an ancestor or a predecessor" Its not a reboot or recast so why the hate?
It's just a way of telling a new story in that world we all love. It they went and did something else in a similar vein we'd all be calling bullshit as it was a blatant Bourne ripoff. Trust in Gilroy!! He's the central talent behind the first 3 anyway...
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5:28PM on 04/04/2011
I'd be down as hell to see another spy-type movie, and one with Renner too (though we're already seeing one in Mission Impossible, so that's enough for a few years for him) but the fact is... this isn't even a reboot... it's not a recasting... it's just... retarded. It's a whole new movie and a whole new concept that's only keeping the name 'Bourne' to make more money and has nothing to do with the actual character or previous movies... even though the main character of this new movie will
I'd be down as hell to see another spy-type movie, and one with Renner too (though we're already seeing one in Mission Impossible, so that's enough for a few years for him) but the fact is... this isn't even a reboot... it's not a recasting... it's just... retarded. It's a whole new movie and a whole new concept that's only keeping the name 'Bourne' to make more money and has nothing to do with the actual character or previous movies... even though the main character of this new movie will actually be called "Jason Bourne"... what the fuck right?
7:32AM on 04/04/2011

It's not like the Bourne series was ever true to source material.

So I am cool if they do a reboot / stand-alone / spin-off or whatever.

Just make a good movie and no crazy shaky cam action shots.

I will buy Renner as a Bad-ass anytime.
So I am cool if they do a reboot / stand-alone / spin-off or whatever.

Just make a good movie and no crazy shaky cam action shots.

I will buy Renner as a Bad-ass anytime.
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5:26PM on 04/04/2011
I guess you really don't know anything about this movie. It's not a remake, it's not a stand alone, it's not a spin off... it's a spy movie that's basically ripping off the Bourne name like an Asylum movie would do. Instead here they don't have to change the name to 'Bournne' and have enough money to just call him 'Bourne'.
I guess you really don't know anything about this movie. It's not a remake, it's not a stand alone, it's not a spin off... it's a spy movie that's basically ripping off the Bourne name like an Asylum movie would do. Instead here they don't have to change the name to 'Bournne' and have enough money to just call him 'Bourne'.
3:05AM on 04/04/2011
lol looks like universal is a lil late jumping on the jeremy renner bandwagon right here.
lol looks like universal is a lil late jumping on the jeremy renner bandwagon right here.
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12:20AM on 04/04/2011
I'm not mad about a Bourne movie without James Bourne (Previously likening it to that terrible Pink Panther attempt without Clouseau)... BUT

I really dig Jeremy Renner, so this is the first thing I dig about this movie and I'm surprised that it was a studio decision.

I'd probably prefer them recasting him as Bourne rather than just some arb new character. Otherwise if it's gonna be a standalone movie then give it a standalone title instead of just trying to ride on the back of the Bourne
I'm not mad about a Bourne movie without James Bourne (Previously likening it to that terrible Pink Panther attempt without Clouseau)... BUT

I really dig Jeremy Renner, so this is the first thing I dig about this movie and I'm surprised that it was a studio decision.

I'd probably prefer them recasting him as Bourne rather than just some arb new character. Otherwise if it's gonna be a standalone movie then give it a standalone title instead of just trying to ride on the back of the Bourne name.

On a side note, this input text box is just too damn small...
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9:40PM on 04/03/2011
I like Renner, but I don't see him as a Bourne type. He seems a little too loose canon for that.
I like Renner, but I don't see him as a Bourne type. He seems a little too loose canon for that.
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9:31AM on 04/04/2011

Could be good

I think even though he is really busy this could be good because he is talented actor and he is really hardcore and is a cool action star!
I think even though he is really busy this could be good because he is talented actor and he is really hardcore and is a cool action star!
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3:27AM on 04/04/2011
i like renner so it wont get a negative comment but im so confused on this movie and how hes a new different agent wtf...never got into this series doesnt seem like ill start.
i like renner so it wont get a negative comment but im so confused on this movie and how hes a new different agent wtf...never got into this series doesnt seem like ill start.
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6:48AM on 04/04/2011
Why not? Strike the iron when it's still hot. If he can juggle with his schedule, then a lead role for Bourne shouldn't be a problem.
Why not? Strike the iron when it's still hot. If he can juggle with his schedule, then a lead role for Bourne shouldn't be a problem.
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