The Bourne Legacy is an upcoming 2012 American action thriller and the fourth installment in the Bourne film series, which is based on Robert Ludlum’s Jason Bourne novels. It is directed by Tony Gilroy, screenwriter of the first three films and is due to be released on August 8, 2012 in the Philippines, August 10, 2012 in the US and August 13, 2012 in the UK.
The film is very loosely based on The Bourne Legacy, a later Bourne novel written by Eric Van Lustbader, but like the previous three films in the franchise, it has a completely different plot from the source material.
In the wake of Jason Bourne’s dismemberment of Operation Blackbriar, the CIA decides to dispose of their other black ops programs, which includes the termination of their field agents. However, Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner), an agent from Operation Outcome, escapes from being executed and, with the help of an Outcome scientist (Rachel Weisz), sets out to expose the crimes of his superiors.
- Jeremy Renner as Aaron Cross/Kenneth Gibson, an agent of Operation Outcome which was described as “Treadstone, [but] without the inconsistency”
- Rachel Weisz as Dr. Marta Shearling
- Edward Norton as Eric Byer, the film’s primary antagonist
- Joan Allen, reprising her role as Deputy Director Pamela Landy
- David Strathairn, reprising his role as Noah Vosen, the former director of Operation Blackbriar
- Albert Finney, reprising his role as Dr. Albert Hirsch, the doctor responsible for the creation of Treadstone
- Scott Glenn, reprising his role as Ezra Kramer, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
- Oscar Isaac as Number Three
- Donna Murphy as Dita
- Stacy Keach as Mark Turso
- Zeljko Ivanek as Dr. Donald Foite
- Corey Stoll as Vendel
- David Asmar as Evan Pines
- John Arcilla as The Security Guard
- Lou Veloso as The Fisher Man
- Matt Damon as Jason Bourne/David Webb (photographs only)
George Nolfi, who co-wrote the screenplay for the Bourne Ultimatum film, was to write the screenplay for a fourth film, as always tacitly related to the novels by Robert Ludlum. Matt Damon was also attached to the project from the start. Julia Stiles as well as Joan Allen were asked to join the project at this time. Then this project was abruptly cancelled. When asked whether a fourth film in the franchise would get made at all, Damon said, “We can’t keep going forever… we may come back and shoot some other time”. Paul Greengrass was slated to return as director; however, on November 30, 2009, he said he would not direct it, and Matt Damon later said that he would not make the film without Greengrass.
On June 9, 2010, it was announced that Tony Gilroy would write The Bourne Legacy and on October 11, 2010 Gilroy was confirmed as the director of the film, and that Jason Bourne would not be in The Bourne Legacy although it retains the name Bourne as to identify it as a continuity to the franchise.
Several scenes were shot in the Philippines, mostly in Manila like Binondo, San Andres, Intramuros, Navotas fish port and several locations in the metropolis. There were also some parts of the movie that were shot in Palawan, specifically in the renowned Puerto Princesa Underground River and El Nido. Several subway stations and nearby areas in Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea were used in some scenes.