Last summer, Universal released the Tony Gilroy-directed sequel The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz, and Edward Norton. The film proved to be a successful draw as it made $276 million. Of course, the studio is developing a sequel, tentatively titled Bourne 5, with Jeremy Renner set to reprise his role as Aaron Cross. According to Deadline, a director has reportedly signed on for the sequel.
Justin Lin, who directed the last four Fast & Furious films, has signed on to direct Bourne 5. Although plot details on the fifth Bourne film are still under wraps, Anthony Peckham (Sherlock Holmes and Invictus) is writing the script. Earlier this year, it was speculated that Matt Damon would reprise his role as Jason Bourne to team up with Jeremy Renner’s Aaron Cross. Universal has since denied the rumors.
Lin recently passed on the chance to direct the upcoming Fast & Furious 7, which is currently in production with James Wan (Insidious and The Conjuring) directing. It makes sense for Lin to sign on for Bourne 5 for Universal as he studio is behind the Fast & Furious franchise, which Lin is known for being a key player in making it a huge success. Lin at the helm for the next Bourne sequel proves that the studio is looking to considerably amp up the action.
According to the report, it’s speculated that the studio is planning a summer 2015 release but that might change. Make sure to check back for more updates on Bourne 5 as they come our way.