How can you have a “Bourne” film without Jason Bourne? Just last week, it was revealed that Tony Gilroy would direct the latest sequel in the franchise entitled The Bourne Legacy. At the time, Matt Damon hadn’t been confirmed to return but Universal plans on moving on with the series with or without his involvement. Over at Hollywood Elsewhere, they actually spoke to Gilroy himself, who clarified a few rumors surrounding the project..

According to Gilroy, The Bourne Legacy has the same title as the Eric Van Lustbader book based on the Robert Ludlum series but it won’t have the same story. Instead, the film will be based on a “completely original screenplay.” He went on to explain in further detail for those of us who are still hitting our heads against the wall.

“The easiest way to think of it is an expansion or a reveal,” Gilroy says. “Jason Bourne will not be in this film, but he’s very much alive. 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]. When you see what we’re going and see what we’re doing it’ll be pretty obvious….but Jason Bourne’s actvities in the first three films is the immediate trigger.”

In other words, it’s a Bourne movie with no Jason Bourne and no Matt Damon. Ever since Paul Greengrass left there’s been an overbearing shadow hovering over the series. We knew there was a possibility that Damon wouldn’t return, but they led us to believe that if anything he’d be recast.

Instead of actually getting Bourne, we’ll get bits and pieces leading up to his return. Are we mice being led to a big piece of cheese? This is almost as bad as sitting through the horrible Star Wars prequels just to get to Darth Vader in the last 15 minutes of the third one. How long are we supposed to wait this time?

What do you think of Gilroy’s new take on The Bourne Legacy?