Tony Gilroy Gives Briefing on Matt Damon-Free 'Bourne Legacy'

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Jason Bourne lives on, though maybe not in the way you were expecting.

As a follow-up to the announcement on Deadline that Tony Gilroy ("Michael Clayton," "Duplicity") has signed on to direct "The Bourne Legacy," Gilroy himself has chimed in with some details on the fourth installment of the action franchise at Hollywood Elsewhere.

Gilroy insists that "Legacy" is not a reboot or prequel to the "Bourne" trilogy, which starred Matt Damon as an amnesiac rogue CIA agent being hunted by his own organization.

"No one's replacing Matt Damon," says Gilroy.  "There will be a whole new hero, a whole new chapter... This is a stand-alone project."

Gilroy also says that while Matt Damon will not be appearing in the film, Jason Bourne is very much alive.

"The easiest way to think of ["The Bourne Legacy"] is as an expansion or reveal.  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]."

Gilroy also says that while the project is taking the title of "The Bourne Legacy" from Robert Ludlum's novel, the original screenplay is not based on the book.

Actually, this all sounds like a conspiracy in and of itself... as it should be.