Just a few days after Universal Pictures officially signed director Tony Gilroy to lead the production for The Bourne Legacy, the newly tasked helmer has confirmed this next adventure will not involve Matt Damon. Despite previous rumors the studio was reportedly trying to negotiate with Damon's reps, Gilroy tells Hollywood Elsewhere this story is a stand-alone project that won't affect Damon's character
"This is not a reboot or a recast or a prequel. No one's replacing Matt Damon. There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter...this is a stand-alone project," said Gilroy.
"The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal," Gilroy added. "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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