Both the director and producer of 'The Bourne Legacy' were concerned about how to continue the franchise, reports have revealed.
Tony Gilroy - who wrote the script for all four 'Bourne' films and is directing the latest instalment - admitted that it had been tough to work out how the story could continue without previous director Paul Greengrass; as well as lead actor Matt Damon.
Gilroy revealed that the creative team had considered continuing the franchise around Jason Bourne and simply changing the actor who played the character. There was also talk of introducing a prequel. Gilroy may have had to use all the knowledge he potentially gained from screenwriting courses to come to a solution.
In the end, it was decided that a new protagonist would have to be introduced into the series.
Speaking to bbc.co.uk, Gilroy explained: "They'd run out of road and everybody walked away. No-one know what to do. Eventually, we came up with this master idea that what you'd seen before was a piece of something much larger.
"We'll tear back the curtain and see there's a much bigger conspiracy behind all of this."
Belfasttelegraph.com reports that Jeremy Renner plays the lead role in the new film, which is released in the UK on August 13th. His character, Aaron Cross, is a secret agent, who is put in great danger because of Bourne's actions in the previous films.