The Bourne Legacy smashed in to take the top spot at the box office, went on to gross $276.1 million worldwide and certainly set the stage for even more conflict involving the government, leaving the door more than wide open for further installments involving the elusive ex-black ops agent Aaron Cross.
Since the film’s release producer Frank Marshall has constantly expressed his hopes for a Jeremy Renner and Matt Damon team up sequel. Unfortunately Damon has always been somewhat skeptical about Marshall’s ideas saying:
“I love Jeremy and I’m a huge fan of him and I know him personally and love him outside of work, too. But I just don’t know what that story would be. I could never see Bourne teaming up with anyone.”
Further to this, last February Universal indicated their intention to move forward with a sequel to The Bourne Legacy which would focus on Aaron Cross as he finds himself targeted for termination.
Said intention has just become a confirmation as the studio has announced that South African-born Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes, Invictus) has been signed up to write the follow-up.
Worthy of note is Peckham’s previous experience in globe-trotting spy thrillers as he was involved in writing an early draft of the soon-to-be-released Jack Ryan reboot, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Pine as the young covert CIA analyst who many will recall from the likes of The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears.