‘Bourne Legacy’ Director Describes Upcoming Film as ‘Ambitious And Unusual’

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By: Vibe / April 17, 2012

Don’t expect the newest installment of the Bourne series, Bourne Legacy, to be exactly like the previous three.

With Matt Damon no longer playing the main character, Tony Gilroy, director and co-writer of the film, revealed to MTV News that he’s switching things up in order to keep the franchise going. While he described the new direction of the series to be “ambitious and unusual,” he still hoped to maintain the preceding storyline.

“One of the things that was really important to me was that anything moving forward not only preserve what happened in the past, but make it better,” he said. “There was never anything that was cheesy or cynical about “Bourne.” The one thing that was always true was that it had a soulful integrity to it, really embodied by Matt [Damon] in a personal way. You couldn’t violate what had happened in the past.”

The previous films only play a small role in Bourne Legacy and the world shown in this movie, he says, is much broader. “You thought you were seeing the world, and this movie is telling you that there’s a much larger world, a much larger conspiracy beyond this. The events of the other three films are incredibly present, but they’re not really in this very much. What happens in Ultimatum is really the spark that’s blowing open the door to this movie because the Jason Bourne story is exploding out into the public. Being impossible to conceal any further is causing problems for this much larger conspiracy.”

He went on to mention that the latest installment of the movie series has a completely different structure with Jeremy Renner now playing the lead role. 

“Jeremy Renner’s character has the reverse of amnesia,” said Gilroy. “He knows exactly where he’s come from. He knows exactly what the stakes are if he doesn’t achieve his journey. It’s a very different tone, yet it will be very rewarding to people. You should be able to see the movie and not see any of them before. It’s been kind of ironic. The people that were having the most trouble getting their heads around the fact that we were doing this are actually the people who I think will ultimately be the most happy about what we’re doing. It has a lot of payback for the true fans. “

The Bourne Legacy will hit theaters August 3. — Jazmine Gray