Justin Lin to Direct Jeremy Renner in Next ‘Bourne’ Sequel

By November 8, 2013
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Aaron Cross

Aaron Cross is coming back, and this time he’ll have a fast and furious director.

Back in August, Universal hired a new screenwriter to continue the story of Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross which began (and very abruptly ended) in 2012’s The Bourne Legacy. Anthony Peckham, screenwriter of Sherlock Holmes and Invictus, took a crack at the script, and now Deadline reports that Universal has signed Justin Lin to direct for a (when else?) summer 2015 release.

Renner is coming back, but there’s no mention of what the story would be (or if Rachel Weisz and Edward Norton are returning), and notably, there’s also no mention of Tony Gilroy. He’s the one who wrote the screenplays for all of the previous Bourne films and actually directed Legacy, so he must have parted ways with the studio for some reason or another. It’ll be interesting to see if this next movie is able to retain that very specific Bourne feel that Gilroy was able to create. We know Lin can direct action with vigor – he did helm the last four Fast & Furious movies, after all – but without Gilroy’s history and familiarity influencing the screenplay, will this still feel like a traditional Bourne film? We’ll have to wait and see.

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