Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass Plan to Return to Bourne Franchise?
by Justin Cook
The Bourne Legacy may not have been a major box office disappointment, but it did end up letting down many fans of the Bourne series. Perhaps this is because the film focused on new action hero Aaron Cross, played by Jeremy Renner, instead of fan favorite hero Jason Bourne, played by Matt Damon.
In very interesting news, it appears that both Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass, director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, will be returning to the franchise. Matt Damon will most likely be reprising his role as Jason Bourne, and will collaborate with Greengrass once again.
Nothing is confirmed at this point, but things are looking pretty good that a fifth Bourne film will star Matt Damon.
Damon originally left the franchise years ago because he didn’t want to star in a Bourne film that wasn’t directed by Greengrass, and Greengrass felt that he was done with the series. That’s when Universal hired Jeremy Renner, in hopes that he would be able to fill Matt Damon’s shoes.
The studio hopes to move the film into production quickly, as they hope it will be ready for release on July 16, 2016. This was the date originally slotted for the sequel to the Jeremy Renner-led Bourne spinoff.
Universal must have a lot of faith in the project considering that they basically delayed the Bourne spinoff sequel, which was set to be helmed by Fast Five director Justin Lin, to make room for the return of Damon and Greengrass to the series.
Lin has officially signed on to direct True Detective season 2, so perhaps he will use his newly found free time to focus on that project.
Seeing Damon come back as the iconic character will be extremely interesting. Damon’s last film The Bourne Ultimatum will be a tough act to follow, but the next film is in very capable hands.