Updated: Variety says Universal is denying the report that Damon and Greengrass are in talks to return. Bummer. Original article follows.
Call it The Bourne Reconsideration.
Matt Damon famously said he would not return to make another Bourne film unless it was directed by Paul Greengrass, the man who directed the second spy thriller The Bourne Supremacy and the final movie in the original trilogy, The Bourne Ultimatum. Universal wanted both men to return for a fourth entry into the global espionage franchise – the Bourne series is one of the studios’ biggest earners – but the actor and director said Bourne’s story was complete. What more was there to tell?
Universal wasn’t ready to let the franchise die, so they greenlit The Bourne Legacy, a sort of sidequel in which Jeremy Renner led the action and shifted the focus away from Bourne’s character, while pulling back the curtain on the shady goings-on inside the government that produced the black op programs our heroes found themselves in. Now Twitch is reporting that Damon and Greengrass are in joint negotiations with Universal to return to the franchise. Greengrass is putting the final touches on Captain Phillips, his real-life Somali pirate drama starring Tom Hanks, and is lined up to direct Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, so we’re not sure what the timeline looks like here if all the pieces fall into place.
The studio hired a writer to script a sequel to The Bourne Legacy earlier this month, but what does this fresh news mean for Jeremy Renner and his Aaron Cross character? That remains to be seen, but there’s the possibility of a team-up between Cross and Bourne (aka David Webb), and helping Cross out of the bind he found himself in during the last film might just be enough of a hook to pull Damon and Greengrass back into this story.
If this ends up working out, it’ll make the Bourne series one of the most intricate film franchises in history, right alongside The Fast & Furious when it comes to jumping around on the timeline and weaving characters from one film to the next. I’m excited to see what happens, but we want to hear from you: are you down for watching the further adventures of Jason Bourne as played by Matt Damon, or would you rather see Renner’s character take the reins from here? Tell us in the comments section.
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