Film site Twitch got all our hearts racing earlier in the week when they reported that Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass were in talks to return to the Bourne film franchise. Sadly sources from inside Universal have shot down the claims saying that there is “no truth” behind the rumours.
Matt Damon starred in the first three films in the series, The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, before leaving the franchise. The series continued, however, with a fourth film, The Bourne Legacy, with a new leading man in Jeremy Renner and a new direction featuring a different spy (Aaron Cross), while still set within the established Bourne universe.
Damon spoke to Movieline last year to express his feelings at how difficult it would be for a movie featuring Jason Bourne to be made now that the new mythology of The Bourne Legacy had been established.
“What that means, because they use our actors and characters, is that whatever they said [in Legacy] is true and so we’d have to acknowledge it in any Bourne movie that we’d do. And that makes it really tough,” Damon said ”I don’t think we can do the Dallas it-was-all-a-dream scenario. I don’t think the audience would go for that after they paid money to see a movie.”
He also added “I’d really love to do another one because I love the character” but pointed out that it would be “a real struggle to extend the franchise” as it was Bourne’s search to discover his identity that drove him through the first three films and now that that question has been answered, Damon stated “Where do you go next?”
The only thing that seems to be set in stone is that Universal have recently signed on writer Anthony Peckham (Invictus) to pen the next instalment of the Bourne franchise, which will star Jeremy Renner.