No Matt Damon in 'Bourne Legacy': Report

Tony Gilroy told Hollywood Elsewhere that he’ll write and direct a fourth Jason Bourne film, but that Bourne himself — i.e., Matt Damon — would not be featured in the upcoming Bourne Legacy. “The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal,” Gilroy says. “Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he’s very much alive. What happened in the first three films is the trigger for what happens. I’m building a legend and an environment and a wider conspiracy…the world we’re making enhances and advances and invites Jason Bourne’s return [down the road].”

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  • Woot

    So… it’s not a Bourne movie.

    • Nathan

      Sure doesn’t sound like one, does it?

      • Joe

        what a fail… first spiderman now bourne… what the hell is hollywood up to?

      • Linda

        I feel ya on that one, Joe.

    • Nebakaroneous

      Meh. I needs me some Jason in my Bourne.

    • Javabooknut

      I don’t know. I’d love another Bourne movie with Matt Damon but it’s called Bourne Legacy. So I’ll hold out hope and see what happens. It’s the legacy of what happened with Bourne and if it’s done well it could be good. It also allows for Bourne to return later. It’s a world that is already created and there’s room for expansion. Don’t forget people had given up on Matt Damon pre-Bourne and now he’s box office gold.

    • FromChicago

      Exactly! It seems like a Reboot to me. Maybe Damon is too expensive to hire?

    • Davis

      Agree, not really a Bourne movie I want to go see for me.

    • DD

      Right???WTF? My head hurts…LOL

    • DD

      I think the writer of this column Jeff Labrecque wrote this just for his amusement cuz he knows how every one feels about this subject.

    • Jeff

      Hahaha…Best. Comment. Ever.

      Seriously, do they expect Damon to return for Bourne 5?

  • Wendy

    A Bourne movie without Jason Bourne? WTH?

    • Livia

      my thoughts exactly Wendy. WTF?

      • Joe

        It’s also in 3D

      • Zazazing

        3D? The shaky-cam thing was bad enough, don’t need to see it in 3D.

      • DD


    • john

      wendy ur right the best thing in the bounes series is matt damon hes self .how he actes he makes the movie special

  • Emily

    I call lame. Matt Damon is pretty great in these films and I don’t give a damn about another character. Frankly, they are just trying to maximize success on a franchise that doesn’t even have the star in it. LAME and very Hollywood.

    • Marie

      Not just the star, the movie’s not even going to have the character whose name is in the title! That’s BS!

    • Ranjan

      me too, i can’t think a character other than Daemon-Matt in it.

  • Emma

    I’m really bummed.

  • Cynthia

    You cannot have a movie with the name Bourne in the title and not have Jason Bourne in the movie. Also, Matt Damon is Jason Bourne. There is no substitutes! Scrap this movie ASAP!!!

    • bamalam

      It’s kinda like “Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within” back in 2001. It had Final Fantasy in the title but nothing to do with Final Fantasy at all…

  • grignac

    He forgot the comments “Straight to DVD”

    • Nathan

      no kidding.

  • Icon

    The Bourne Absence

    • Cara K


    • Lisa London

      I wished there was a “like” button on this site! :-)

    • suki

      lol, good one! :)

    • Tyla

      Or The UNBourne Conspiracy

  • wooster182

    Well, unless the main actor is Chris Pine or someone equally intriguing, count me out. Matt Damon was the Bourne movies and I was so counting on Jason hooking up with Julie Stiles character in the next one…

    • E

      huh? Cris Pine are you serious? wtf is intriguing about him?

      • WTF

        God enough with the Chris Pine hype. He was JUST OK in Star Trek. It’ll be a few more years before he can really stand in Shatner’s space boots. Only other thing he’s done is the *trailer* to Unstoppable, which isn’t even out yet.

        As for Bourne without Bourne, I say booo. Love Tony Gilroy but I’ll be staying home.

    • Hannah Lane

      Same here. I cannot believe I will never get my Jason/Nikki ending that I have been waiting for!

      • Shauny

        @hannah – I want my Jason/Nikki ending too. Without Bourne..and more importantly Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, I won’t even waste my time or money.

  • Kiki

    This is intolerable…not be be borne. We should give the filmmakers an ultimatum — we refuse to identify this this supremely stupid idea.

    • Jules

      Ha. Nice.

  • emily

    This is crap.

  • Tye-Grr

    And the next Bond film will be an expansion of the series…building on it’s legacy…without Bond.


    How are you gonna make a film in an established series without the character in which the series is named?

  • Honestly?

    That’s kind of like making a bond movie without Bond, but centering it on M and Q.

  • siobhan

    Are they saying that the character of Jason Bourne won’t be in the film, or that Matt Damon won’t be playing Bourne in the film? Despite the fact that Robert Ludlum did not write Bourne Legacy book, Jason Bourne is still the protagonist.

  • Raffi

    Risky. Very risky. And I’m sure it will be good and an awesome set-up. But it won’t be successful.

    Color me intrigued.

  • SilentRage

    I get the frustration by most of the Bourne fans, but with the right script this can actually be good…either way I may not be in the theater to watch this but I will watch, and save my judgments for later.

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