‘Bourne Legacy’ Producers Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley: ‘There Will Be Another Movie’ (VIDEO)
The world got its first glimpse of The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross, a medically enhanced operative who is controlled by a clandestine espionage program.
The film is the first in the series not to star Damon, who played the butt-kicking title character of the first three action-packed installments. But Jason Bourne is weaved into the storyline of Legacy, which takes place during the events of the second and third installments.
“It’s in the same box, but it’s different,” producer Frank Marshall told Celebuzz on the red carpet outside the world-famous Ziegfeld Theatre. “[The new film] really expands the worlds that were in the first three and shows you what’s going on at the same time that Bourne was…doing all this stuff. All the trouble he was causing, now you’re going to see the effect of it.”
But they were sure to craft a sequel that could “stand on its own,” Marshall explained. “If this was the first one you saw, it’s still going to make sense. You’re going to wonder who that guy Bourne is…but Jeremy Renner’s character and Rachel Weisz are a whole new ballgame.”
So is the fourth film the finale of the beloved franchise?
Not if the producers have anything to say about it.
“Well, we hope [there's another] because we need a job,” Marshall joked.
“It’s true,” producer Patrick Crowley chimed in. “What are we going to do if we don’t have one of those? But really, I’m sure there will be another one. But, like each one of the previous ones, we don’t know what it’s like until we all collect our thoughts, get together and plan it out. It’s not a formula.”
But they have the team to pull it off. With writer-director Tony Gilroy — who penned all the screenplays for the four Bourne movies and took over directing for this fourth installment — on their side, they were able to continue the franchise even without their leading man.
While Marshall and Crowley are holding out hope for another Bourne, it’s still too early to say for sure whether it will get the green-light.
“We just do one at a time,” explained Marshall. “We didn’t know where we were going after one, two, three or four. [We] just set it up, and then we decide where we’re going to go next.”
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