Universal Pictures is continuing on with its lucrative Jason Bourne franchise with the spin-off The Bourne Legacy, which follows a new Treadstone operative named Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner). Producer Frank Marshall revealed in an interview that he ultimately wants to see Aaron Cross meet up with Matt Damon's Jason Bourne in a fifth adventure.
"You see there are several different programs in the movie with different skill sets. All possibilities are open. My dream is that in the next one we see Matt and Jeremy team up."
Universal hasn't announced any plans beyond The Bourne Legacy, although this "dream" pairing would certainly be intriguing to watch. Jeremy Renner also spoke about the differences between Aaron Cross and Jason Bourne.
"He's coming from a completely different background to Jason [Bourne]. He knows exactly who he is; he signed up to this...He wants to be part of a team. I can tell you he was in the military then he joined the programme. He's a person who wants to be part of something... to have a sense of purpose. But then it's taken away."
Writer-director Tony Gilroy also spoke about expanding the Bourne mythology with this new adventure.
"If you think of the first three Bourne films as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, then we're showing you Elsinore. You thought you were seeing something you weren't. What if there's a much larger story? What if Treadstone wasn't the only black-ops program? I had never spent one moment thinking about how to do a sequel to The 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."
We reported last week that Universal moved The Bourne Legacy's release up one week to August 10, to put some distance between it and the eventual blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises.