The Bourne franchise is not only getting new faces both in front of and behind the camera, it is set to get a whole new look – one that doesn’t induce nausea.
Talking with MTV News, the film’s director Tony Gilroy says you won’t be seeing the ‘shaky-cam’ aesthetic that defined Paul Greengrass’ two ‘Bourne’ sequels here – “Everybody in the world ripped us off. [That style] been done to death at this point. [The style is] on TV three nights a week, much less Bond and everything else. The worst thing that could have been done would be to just slavishly follow some cookie-cutter pattern of visual style and storytelling style.”
He goes on to say “it’s a bigger movie in the terms of the journey of it and the scale of it and the amount of stories in it and where it’s going… You thought you were seeing the world, and this movie is telling you that there’s a much larger world, a much larger conspiracy beyond this.”
That said it’s still a sequel as such – “The events of the other three films are incredibly present, but they’re not really in this very much. What happens in ‘Ultimatum’ is really the spark that’s blowing open the door to this movie. Because the Jason Bourne story is exploding out into the public. Being impossible to conceal any further is causing problems for this much larger conspiracy. ‘Ultimatum’ plays in the background of the very beginning of this film.”
Jeremy Renner’s character will also have an entirely different story arc from Damon – “The whole second film [‘The Bourne Supremacy’] is about an apology. It’s really about this guy trying to morally come to grips with the conflict between who he thinks he is and what he’s done. This character in this film has no moral conflict whatsoever. Jeremy Renner’s character has the reverse of amnesia. He knows exactly where he’s come from. He knows exactly what the stakes are if he doesn’t achieve his journey. It’s a very different tone, yet it will be very rewarding to people.”