Universal Pictures has posted the first featurette for its upcoming fantasy spy thriller, The Bourne Legacy.
The film picks up the story from the original Bourne trilogy which starred Matt Damon as a secret agent being hunted down by his own agency in a display of supernatural skills. Renner picks up the lead from Damon, but unlike the Bond series, he’s not playing the same character. Rather, Renner’s character is part of the same program that created Jason Borne, and his adventure is precipitated by the events of the first three films.
Based on the featurette, it seems as if the film will actually overlap slightly with Bourne Ultimatum, and depict the end of the Jason Bourne story from another point of view. There is also some behind the scenes stuff, cast and crew interviews interspersed with footage from the film, most of which we’ve already seen in the trailer.
Perhaps in this film, we’ll finally learn what it is that gives the agents of The Program their super powers, but most likely, it will continue to only be vaguely hinted at. There is no official plot synopsis available yet, but we can see that it will clearly involve lots of shooting guns and running from danger, in addition to a possible inside look at The Program, or at least the recruiting process.
Here’s the theatrical trailer, in case you missed it last month:
We’ve got a new synopsis as well, but it’s one of those name-dropping summaries that actually tells us very little:
The narrative architect behind the “Bourne” film series, Tony Gilroy, takes the helm in the next chapter of the hugely popular espionage franchise that has earned almost $1 billion at the global box office: “The Bourne Legacy.” The writer/director expands the “Bourne” universe created by Robert Ludlum with an original story that introduces us to a new hero (Jeremy Renner) whose life-or-death stakes have been triggered by the events of the first three films.
The Bourne Legacy hits theaters August 10th, 2012.