Are you ready to be Bourne again?
The Bourne Legacy, the first non-Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) movie based on the characters and situations created by Robert Ludlum, is due to hit theaters in less than two weeks. To help get you up to speed on
the new Bourne Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) and his mission to stay ahead of the kill squads sent after him and other Operation Outcome agents targeted for termination by Byer (Edward Norton), Universal has unleashed a huge selection of new promotional materials for the movie.
In addition to a new teaser poster that uses an image from the dramatic rooftop run scene we previewed last week and nearly a dozen new still images, four new preview clips have been released. Two of the clips demonstrate that Cross is every bit as badass as Bourne ever was, another shows that Operation Outcome scientist Dr. Stephanie Snyder (Rachel Weisz) can be colder and more detached than the man she has helped turn into a killer, and a fourth shows why Byer is not a man that you want to cross (no pun intended). check out the new images & videos >> Posted 07.23.12 by BrentJS
In most of the early promotion for writer-director Tony Gilroy's The Bourne Legacy, Universal Pictures seemed determined to make it clear to potential moviegoers that the Bourne franchise is continuing on without Matt Damon as rogue Treadstone operative Jason Bourne, rather than rebooting with Jeremy Renner. Apparently, the studio feels confident that the message is now clear because the three action-packed new TV spots for the movie that recently began airing are less concerned with connecting Legacy with the Damon-driven movies as they are in showing how Renner's Aaron Cross is smarter, stronger, and more deadly than Jason Bourne ever was.
The Bourne Legacy picks up after the events depicted in The Bourne Ultimatum, with the CIA scrambling to perform damage control by shutting down Operation Outcome, the successor to Operation Treadstone, by having the remaining operatives assassinated. Aaron Cross (Renner) doesn't take kindly to being discarded after committing his life — and his DNA — to Operation Outcome, so he goes on the run from the ruthless Byer (Edward Norton) and his hit squads, with Operation Outcome scientist Stephanie Snyder (Rachel Weisz) along for the ride. watch the new tv spots >> Posted 07.09.12 by BrentJS
Since The Bourne Legacy was first announced, fans have wondered how a franchise would continue without its star (Matt Damon) and director (Paul Greengrass helmed both The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum). According to Tony Gilroy, who wrote and directed Legacy and had a hand in writing all three previous Bourne movies, the answer he gave to Empire in a recent interview was to come up a new idea in an already established world.
will damon and renner team up? >> Posted 06.27.12 by Ryan
I had never spent one moment thinking about how to do a sequel to Bourne Ultimatum. I first came in for two weeks just to spitball. I had a very random idea...so we started with that and it got more and more exciting. All of a sudden I was staring at something that had a great deal of resonance and was soulful and uncynical and was also gonna kick ass. So that was good.
"You think that Jason Bourne was the whole story? There's a lot more going on here."
The first full-length trailer for The Bourne Legacy has finally been released online and it contains enough references to rogue Treadstone operative Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) that casual moviegoers will know that this movie is not a reboot of, but a continuation of, the previous Bourne movies. It also promises that there are plenty of surprises in store for even the die-hard fans of the series.
When Bourne said that he was no longer "Jason Bourne" at the end of The Bourne Ultimatum, he apparently meant it, because he's not on hand to save the day when genetically modified killers like himself start being targeted for termination in Legacy. Enter: Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), an agent of Operation Outcome, a black ops program that creates killing machines the way Treadstone did, but "without the inconsistency." Proving that he's more than just a programmable assassin, Cross rescues the beautiful scientist Stephanie Snyder (Rachel Weisz) during his globe-trotting quest to stay ahead of the ruthless Byer (Edward Norton) and his hit squads. watch the new trailer >> Posted 05.31.12 by BrentJS
Universal has finally released the first poster and trailer for The Bourne Legacy, the first Bourne movie without Matt Damon playing the title character (1988 TV movie adaptation excepted, of course).
In Legacy, Jeremy Renner will take over the franchise, not as Bourne, but as Aaron Cross, another agent who enters into the same training program as Bourne. The movie is not a prequel, as it takes place after the trilogy of Bourne movies that Damon starred in. Still, Universal is clearly weary of fans rebuking Legacy just because it won't star Damon in the title role, and have added the tagline "there was never just one" to both the poster and the trailer. It serves as a reminder that Bourne isn't gone per se, there just happens to be another "Bourne-esque" agent doing the same kind of "Bourne thing" in a different Bourne movie.
To that end, Renner admitted last November that Legacy has the same "tempo and pace" as the rest of the franchise, but will be "more expansive and bigger." At last, there's some evidence to see if Renner was right. watch the trailer >> Posted 02.08.12 by Ryan
To put a halt to any confusion before its begins, Jeremy Renner is not replacing Matt Damon in the Universal's upcoming Bourne spin-off The Bourne Legacy. At least, not exactly. Renner will play Aaron Cross, a separate agent with similar training as Bourne.
Outside of the casting change, Renner previously explained that almost everything about The Bourne Legacy will feel different from the previous Bourne trilogy. "For fans of the franchise, [The Bourne Legacy] has that same ticking clock, but it's a new program and new characters," Renner said in November. "It's just a new set of agents with a different leash. It's the same tempo and pace but more expansive and bigger. The differences are pretty vast but you'll know it's a Bourne movie."
With no trailer released so far for Legacy, there's been no way to cross-reference Renner's assessment of the spin-off sequel, though USA Today has revealed a photo of Renner as Cross, offering fans a first look at what's in store for the Bourne franchise. see the photo >> Posted 01.06.12 by Ryan
In case you haven't checked your calendar lately, 2011 is soooo last year (almost). With the year winding down, it's time to look forward to all the awesome movies coming out in 2012.
Fandango released its 2012 Hot List poll, showing what movies and stars moviegoers are most looking forward to seeing next year. Interestingly, the poll divvies up votes by gender. While The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the most anticipated 2012 blockbuster for men, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 is women's No. 1 pick. Guess women are from Venus and men are from Middle-Earth. Here is the results of Fandango's (unscientific) poll:
2012's MOST ANTICIPATED BLOCKBUSTER:
According to Women
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2
The Hunger Games
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
According to Men:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Dark Knight Rises
The Bourne Legacy
Men in Black III check out the rest of the results >> Posted 12.11.11 by Chris
In 2003, actor Jeremy Renner co-starred in what could have been the beginning of a franchise with S.W.A.T. Almost a decade later and after appearing in independent and lower-budgeted fare like The Hurt Locker and The Town (both of which earned Renner Academy Award nominations), Renner is in four established or potential franchise movies — Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Avengers and The Bourne Legacy.
As Renner explained to ComingSoon, being a part of so many franchises was not something the actor anticipated.
Renner on his many, many projects >> Posted 11.30.11 by Ryan
I never went after a big franchise. I never went after a big action movie. They just sort of kind of manifested in a way... It started off by me saying, "Why not be in a movie that will play all over the world, but that still has something that I can do in it? Why not?" It was kind of impossible for me to say no [to these movies] as long as there was stuff for me to do character-wise, selfishly, it's just a bigger setting. A bigger stage.
Ever since it was announced that Matt Damon would not be involved in the stand-alone Bourne spin-off The Bourne Legacy, fan response has ranged from "What's the point?" to "What would it even be about?", which is to say that not many have been too pleased about it. Of course, Damon and director Paul Greengrass were supposed to return for a fourth Bourne movie, but, according to screenwriter George Nolfi, after working on Green Zone both parties "wanted to do other things with their life".
Fair enough, but Universal clearly wasn't done making Bourne movies. Stepping in for Damon is Jeremy Renner, who won the role over more than a dozen possible contenders, and will play a separate agent with similar training as Bourne. Writer-director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), who worked on the script for all three Bourne movies, wrote the script and is directing the movie.
The question remains, "who will Renner play?" and appropriately stepping up to answer the question is Renner, who spilled a few details about his character in a conversation with Empire. Renner reveals his character's name >> Posted 11.23.11 by Ryan
Some people use Labor Day to mark the end of summer. In our case, it's when the last of the blockbuster movies have rolled out... and we're left looking ahead to next year's big releases.
What's on deck for Summer 2012? Well, not surprisingly, more sequels, remakes, and lots and lots of 3-D. The Avengers kicks things off May 4, and the season climaxes on July 20 with the release ofThe Dark Knight Rises. See what else we have to look forward to in our preview of the 25 movies we'll be talking about next year.
Summer 2012 Preview >> Posted 09.02.11 by reelz