Preview by: Jack Foley
FOLLOWING the surprise success of The
Bourne Identity in 2002, Universal Pictures will be bringing
the second instalment of best-selling author, Robert Ludlum's
series to the screen with Matt Damon reprising his role as trained
assassin, Jason Bourne in The Bourne Supremacy.
The sequel will re-enter the shadowy world of spying and espionage,
as Bourne continues to find himself plagued by splintered nightmares
from his former life.
The premise, this time, unfolds when a Chinese vice-premier is
executed by the notorious assassin, Jason Bourne, causing serious
trouble in the CIA.
Yet Bourne is not responsible and quickly learns that someone
has taken his identity, to use him as a scapegoat for creating
a diplomatic crisis between America and China, prompting the real
Bourne to find out who's behind it and prevent a path to war,
while also protecting his girlfriend, Marie Kreutz (Famke Potente),
whose life is threatened as a result.
Meanwhile, Nicolette (Julia Stiles), the sole survivor of the
events in the first movie, is suspected by her CIA superiors of
being in cahoots with Bourne, with Joan Allen stepping into the
fray to play another agent intent on finding the rogue agent and
bringing him down.
As you will have noticed from many of the cast names, many of
the original survivors of the first film have returned for the
sequel, including Brian Cox as another of the CIAs shadowy
power figures, although, as with the first film, proceedings are
expected to stray away from the source, given that Ludlums
thriller was very Cold War orientated and, therefore, dated.
Production started on November 10, 2003 at Studio Babelsberg,
in Berlin, with international locations including India and Moscow.
The one notable absentee, however, is director, Doug Liman, who
made such a terrific job of the original. He is reportedly tied
up on another project and has been replaced by Paul Greengrass,
of Bloody Sunday fame.
Yet expectations are high, with more strong characterisation
and urgent action to follow in the footsteps of the critically
acclaimed first movie.
Stiles, especially, is excited, particularly given her role has
been substantially beefed up. She told About.com that she shares
a really great scene with Damon in the movie,
where he catches me sort of spying on him, and at the risk
of giving too much away, he remembers that I was the last person
who saw him and so, he also wants to help me fill him in on his
past, but he wants to do it without the CIA sort of observing
us or having me wired.
"So, he drags me into the subway and is interrogating me
and even holds a gun to my head and things like that. I don't
want to give it all away."
Stiles, of course, will be appearing in the Summer release of
the film hot-on-the-heels of her West End debut in David Mamets
alongside Aaron Eckhart at the Garrick Theatre.